An Oklahoma woman invited to a rural Louisiana campsite for a Ku Klux Klan initiation ritual wound up shot to death when she asked to be taken back to town, the sheriff of a New Orleans suburb said Tuesday.
Eight people were arrested after authorities found the woman's body hidden under some brush, on the side of a road several miles from the remote campsite where the initiation reportedly took place, FOX News reports. Investigators found weapons, several flags and six Klan robes at the campsite, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain said in a statement.
The woman, whose identity was not released, was recruited over the Internet to participate in the initiation and then return to her home state to find other members for the White supremacist group, Strain said.
She had arrived in the Slidell, La., area last week and was met by two people connected to the Klan group, Strain said. She was taken over the weekend to the campsite near Sun, La., on the banks of the Pearl River, about 60 miles north of New Orleans. But the group's leader, pictured above, Raymond "Chuck" Foster, 44, shot and killed the woman Sunday after a fight broke out when she tried to leave, Strain said.
Foster was charged with second-degree murder and is being held without bond. Capt. George Bonnett, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Department, said he did not have any more details about the initiation.
"I assume that they had started it, but I don't know if they were finished," he said.
Seven others were charged with obstruction of justice and were held on $500,000 bond at the St. Tammany Parish jail. All eight of the suspects live in neighboring Washington Parish, but Bonnett said he couldn't immediately indentify their hometowns.
Bonnett told Fox, that this was the first time he'd witnessed a case involving the kkk.