Ronald Marquez of Phoenix, Arizona was killed by Police officers as they attempted to break up his exorcism of a young girl. The young girl is believed to be the granddaughter Marquez. He was choking her when the police used stun guns to subdue him. Shortly thereafter, Marquez died. Ronald Marquez was 49 years old.
The girl's mother was in the room during the exorcism. She was also injured by the police during their struggle with Marquez. A relative of the girl reported the exorcism to the police and also informed them that an unsuccessful exorcism had also been attempted last Thursday.
"The purpose was to release demons from this very young child," said Sgt. Joel Tranter.
A bed had been pushed up against the door. Officers forced the door open to see Marquez choking his bloodied granddaughter. The mother is a 19-year-old woman who was also in the room, chanting "something religious," Tranter said.Officers used the stun gun several times on Marquez. He initially appeared unharmed; however, after he was handcuffed, he stopped breathing. Marquez's daughter and granddaughter lived in the house with Marquez. Now the question remains, was this a privileged religious ritual or a crime? Keep in mind exorcism is grounded in Christiananity. St Francis performed a famous exorcism of demons at Arezzo.