Durham News

Family of slain Durham minister cancels public services, citing grief

The family of slain minister Kent Hinkson has canceled plans for a public visitation and funeral, saying the members have “elected to grieve together privately and quietly.”

In a Web posting early Thursday, Hinkson’s family said all the publicity surrounding Hinkson’s killing, discovered days after he disappeared, led them to call off the public events Friday night at the Hall-Wynne funeral home and Saturday at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Hinkson, 71, was found dead last weekend in a part of Eno River State Park in Orange County. Matthew John Reed, 36, whose last listed address was a Raleigh apartment complex, has been charged with murder. He is being held in the Orange County jail.

Hinkson was a volunteer minister at All Saints Church in Durham, where he led Bible studies and helped provide pastoral care to people unable to get to services.

On the website set up after his disappearance, the family posted the following statement:

“Our hearts are saddened by the tragic and unexpected death of the Rev. Kent Hinkson. This is a time when his family is dealing with overwhelming grief and trying to make sense of the events of the last ten days since his disappearance and death. Kent’s death has been a highly public matter, and because of this, the family has elected to grieve together privately and quietly at a family service.”

Law enforcement officials have disclosed few details about the case, including how they believe Reed and Hinkson knew each other or why Hinkson was killed.