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Witchcraft Behind Ritualistic Blue Moon Killing of Florida Family, Police Say

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PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Three people have been found dead inside of a home on Deerfield Drive in Pensacola.

Officials say when Deputies responded to the home for a welfare check, they discovered the bodies. 

The victims have been identified as 77-year-old Voncile Smith, 47-year-old John William Smith and 49-year-old Richard Thomas Smith. 

Officials believe the three may have been victims of a horrific witchcraft ritual. 

Authorities said all three bodies were found with their throats slit, beaten with a claw hammer. Officials also said the crime may have occurred on the night of a blue moon. 

The mother, officials said, was also found with a gunshot wound to her head or neck area.

Those gruesome details have neighbors like Ken Lester, who recently moved to the neighborhood, on edge. 

"It's frightening to think about. Especially when you have small children," said Lester, "to find out that it was this weird, satanic cult, witchcraft whatever, is just really unsettling."

There was no evidence of forced entry to the home, nor were any valuable items stolen. 

Officials mentioned only one person of interest in the case, who they said is a man "with ties to witchcraft."

No arrests have been made as of yet. 

FOX10 News will continue to update this story as information is released.

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