A pastor from Brooklyn, New York, US is dead leaving her church community in shock after her son allegedly stabbed her 15 times.
Tracey Sydnor was the Head pastor at the Upper Room Baptist Church on Rockaway Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Sydnor, 61, was killed on Saturday, January 29, when her son, identified as Kenji Francis, allegedly repeatedly stabbed her in her Brooklyn home on Wyona St. near Livonia Ave. in New York in the afternoon.
“She was the glue that kept everything together,” Terrence Reed, a friend of Sydnor, told the Daily News. “Not one bad thing can be said about her.”
She was stabbed at least 15 times, including in her neck, ear and hands, police said. An Ambulance rushed Sydnor to Brookdale University Hospital, but she could not be saved.
Her 40 year old son, Francis, was taken into custody at their home. Charges against him were pending Sunday.
Francis has no prior arrests or history of mental illness.
“It seems like he just snapped,” a police source said.
A knife believed to be the murder weapon was recovered from a bedroom in the home, sources said.
Sydnor grew up attending the church before leading its choir. She was appointed as the head pastor of the congregation in November 2021.
“She was full of life and full of love; she loved singing and dancing,” Reed said. “She was a sweet lady.”
“We talked life stuff, church stuff, just everyday conversation,” Reed said. “She was an encourager, very supportive person.”
In a sermon Sunday, January 30, at the Upper Room Baptist Church, Bishop J. Carl Henderson announced the loss of Sydnor to the congregation.
“God bless you and please my sister, please my brother continue to pray for the family, her children, her siblings and her extended family and our church family as a whole. Our church is suffering a loss.” Henderson said
Rapper Kodak Black shot while leaving Justin Bieber’s afterparty
American rapper, Kodak Black, was among three people shot early Saturday February 12, as he was leaving a party held for Justin Bieber in West Hollywood, California.
The 24-year-old Florida rapper and three others were shot; two were taken by ambulance and two self-transported to a hospital, the Los Angeles Police Department said. All are in stable condition.
According to reports by TMZ, Kodak – real name Bill Kapri – was outside the restaurant with fellow rappers Gunna and Lil Baby in the early hours of Saturday (12 February) morning.
A fight broke out within the group, with Black reportedly attempting to punch someone when gunshots were heard by witnesses. He was shot in the leg.
“The fight was believed to have started with someone in Kodak Black’s entourage,” a source told Page Six. “After others jumped in, shots were fired… and then all hell broke loose.”
It was not immediately clear what sparked the fight outside the club in the 400 block of N. La Cienega Boulevard. But an LAPD spokesman said the victims were shot when they emerged from the club during the fight.
In a video shared online, several people were seen fighting with Black during the scuffle. After a few moments, multiple gunshots were heard.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
Police said that 10 shots were fired during the altercations, with four men injured, including Black.
One is said to have been shot in the shoulder, one the leg, and one the buttocks, a source said, while photos showed a man covered in blood.
Two of the men (a 19 and 60-year-old) were taken straight to the hospital from the scene. A 24-year-old (believed to be Black) and another man took themselves to the hospital later.
Two of the men are yet to be named by local authorities, but they are all said to be in stable condition.
Gunmen bomb police station, release detainees
Gunmen, yesterday, bombed the police headquarters Dikenafai in Ideato South Local Government Area of Imo State and released detainees.
However, an eyewitness account said the detainees were re-arrested by a local vigilante group.
The hoodlums, who came in large numbers, touched a part of the police station, using explosive devices.
It was gathered that locally-made explosive devices were used in the attack which destroyed the administrative office, the office of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and the reception desk.
The Chairman of Ideato South Local Government Area Interim Management Committee, Pastor Bede Ikeaka who visited the scene expressed shock over the incident.
It was gathered that the released detainees were re-arrested by vigilante officers close to the scene.
When contacted, the police spokesman, Michael Abattam, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) said he was yet to be briefed on the incident.
23-year-old man declared wanted for murder of rapper Young Dolph
Memphis police and the U.S. Marshals Service announced the name of a suspect in the shooting death of Young Dolph, the Memphis, Tennessee, rapper who was killed last November.
Justin Johnson, 23, is wanted by police in connection with a number alleged charges, including first-degree murder, criminal attempted first-degree murder, and property theft, the Memphis Police Department said on Wednesday evening in a release posted on social media.
Police urged the public to share any information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts and disclosed that Johnson is a fugitive and “should be considered armed & dangerous.”
Johnson is 5-foot-8, 190 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes, police said. A reward of up to $15,000 is being ordered for information leading to his arrest, law enforcement said.
Young Dolph, whose given name was Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., was shot and killed in Memphis on Nov. 17 while visiting Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies, a bakery in South Memphis that the rapper was known to frequent. He was 36.
According to police, officers responded at 12:24 p.m. local time to the scene of the shooting, where one male victim was found and pronounced dead at the scene.
He had two children, son Tre Tre and daughter Ari, with longtime partner, Mia Jaye.
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