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Investigating sweat lodge deaths as homicides

By Ashley Gatz

SEDONA, AZ (WAOW) -- Authorities say the deaths of 2 people during a sweat lodge ceremony in Arizona last Friday are now being investigated as homicides.

Officials say the deaths, including James Shore of Milwaukee, were not accidental and a combination of circumstances led to the deaths.

Investigators are looking at the way the sweat lodge was built, the fact that people had fallen ill at previous sweat ceremonies led by self-expert James Arthur Ray and questionable medical care on site.

The sheriff says Ray is the primary focus of the probe but others also are being investigated.

A memorial service is being held for Shore this Saturday in Milwaukee.

Online Reporter: Ashley Gatz

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