NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 11:59 AM
An employee at Omi Relekun told the Daily News there was “no crime inside the building.”
Compton authorities have a bone to pick with a spiritual store that was storing a human skull — of indeterminate origin.
Officers responded to Omi Relekun, a store for the Santeria religion, on Friday after a complaint about animal cruelty, police said. They found what appeared to be a human skull, and eight containers that might contain even more skulls.
Police don’t suspect anything spooky. They just want to know where the human remains came from.
“There is nothing sinister here,” Sheriff’s Homicide Capt. Steve Katz told the Los Angeles Times.
“The skull and possible eight other skulls in vessels were being used in Santeria. The question is were the skeletal remains acquired appropriately.”
Officers were seen removing the vessels from the strip mall store Friday afternoon. The coroner’s office will now investigate the origin of the bones, Katz said.
The store sells products and teaches classes for Santeria, an Afro-Caribbean religion that includes ritual animal sacrifices and uses bones for medicinal purposes. Spiritual advisers working there have said they can communicate with the dead and cast out negative energies, according to the Times.
Reached by the Daily News Sunday, an employee said the workers there felt “threatened” by all the sudden attention.
“Everything was cleared up, they know it was not a homicide,” she said about the police probe.
“There was no crime inside the building, I don’t know why the media people keep calling.”
She then hung up.