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An Atlanta pastor was found stabbed to death inside his home, and police two days later said they still have no suspect or a motive.

Around noon Sunday, officers responded to 643 Finley Ave. where they found the Rev Otis Byrd dead inside on the floor, according to Atlanta police.

Parishioners of The God’s Anointed Missionary Baptist Church on Memorial Drive went to his home to check on him when he didn’t show up to lead the service, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

“The preliminary investigation indicates that the victim appears to have been stabbed,” police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones said.

Mr. Byrd would have turned 50 this week.

Mr. Earl Hutchinson told the AJC he had known Mr. Byrd for more than 20 years and previously played piano for him at a church west of Atlanta.

“He could really preach, and he did so without a piece of paper in his hand,” Mr. Hutchinson said. “He was just an undiscovered talent.”

Mr. Byrd was a gifted singer and previously worked as a teacher, Mr. Hutchinson said.

But it was his caring spirit that Mr. Hutchinson said he will remember.

“He was just a good person,” Mr. Hutchinson said. “He was trying to build something.”

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