NYC pastor Tracey Sydnor stabbed to death by her son: police

A 61-year-old Brooklyn priest was stabbed to death by his adult son in their shared home in Brooklyn over the weekend, police said.

Tracey Sydnor, the executive pastor of Upper Room Baptist Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant, was stabbed several times in a domestic dispute with her 40-year-old son Kenji Francis inside their home on Wyona Street near Livonia Avenue in New Lots just after noon. Saturday, authorities said.

Sydnor was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Francis was remanded in custody on the spot and charged with murder as well as an illegal activity-dangerous gunshot, authorities said early Monday.

Tracey Sydnor
Tracey Sydnor was the executive pastor of the Upper Room Baptist Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
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According to police, he does not have a previous criminal or psychiatric history.

No further information was known about the dispute on Monday.

Sydnor was appointed to the priesthood just two months ago, according to a post on the church’s Facebook page.

Tracey Sydnor
Tracey Sydnor was stabbed several times in a domestic conflict with her 40-year-old son Kenji Francis.
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Bishop J. Carl Henderson, senior pastor of the church, urged the community to keep Sydnor’s family in prayer.

“Please keep the Sydnor, Francis, Chambers and Upper Room family in prayer as we mourn the loss of our mother, sister, cousin, friend and executive pastor, Pastor Tracey Sydnor,” he wrote on Facebook. “Additional information will be released in the coming days.

Her friend Yvonne Chambers remembered Sydnor as “the perfect lady.”

Tracey Sydnor
Tracey Sydnor was appointed priest just two months ago.
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“You did not hide your love for God,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “I’m grateful for our conversations about how you knew you were called to the ministry. I, as a tone deaf person, envied in a good way your beautiful voice. I’m grateful we finally got to celebrate your 60th birthday. I “Looking forward to our future road trips before and after you retire. Although I do not understand God’s plan, He has spoken, and we all try to understand and accept His will.”

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