Pastor Kevin O. Smith was killed on Oct. 25 in a car accident just days following his arrest for slaughter at his church in the name of human sacrifice.
Smith was the pastor of the St. James Pathways International Kingdom Restoration Ministries in Montego Bay, Jamaica. He and other partitioners, including an off-duty law enforcement official, murdered fellow partitioners by slashing their throats for a sacrificial journey to salvation.
Smith was being escorted by the police from St James to Kingston when the police vehicle he was transported in crashed in Bog Walk, St Catherine. A police officer also died in the car accident.
The “Noah’s Ark” journey was intended to have no survivors, according to Smith. The dead pastor told his followers to wear white and noted on Facebook that no one would survive. “It is a Roman Catholic sacrifice — it will have no survivors.”
Smith had a psychology degree and was reportedly living a lavish lifestyle in Jamaica with church donations. He was also seen with a young boy accompanying him regularly and holding an umbrella to shield Smith from the sun. The police confirmed that they were investigating Smith for child molestation at the time of his death.
Two church members reportedly had their throats slit as several other members tried to kill other members during the sacrificial ritual on Oct. 17. Church members were stabbed with daggers as several children looked on in terror. Police found naked men and animals in line for the sacrificial ritual inside the church.
Smith personally slashed the two church member’s throats before police were able to save them. Police intervened and killed one partitioner who shot at them and were able to prevent a full-fledged massacre.
Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson said they were concerned about a murderous ritual before their intervention.
“We were very concerned some form of ritualised killing was going to take place,” said Anderson.
One witness saw one of the sacrifices before getting away herself.
“It was very intense,” she said. “When I saw blood and the young lady fell, I said, ‘This is it for me’, and I walked away. I started to put one and one together. I saw two lady church members jump the fence, so I said, ‘No, this can’t be right’, as those two were normally close to the pastor.”
Smith’s cult-like following seems to be undeterred in Jamaica, and followers posted thanks and condolences on social media after his arrest while calling him “Your Majesty.” However, one member called him a false prophet who shamed the church.
“He is no Holy Ghost and is bringing shame to the church. His day in hell is coming.”