2006_03_27_map2.jpg What kind of a person stabs a Pastor in the back?

That's what we keep wondering as we read more about the murder of Reverend Phillip Mann, 68, who was found dead in his apartment in the Arthur A. Schomburg Plaza yesterday. Mann, who founded the Blessed Trinity Baptist Church on W. 129th Street was a well known figure in Harlem "remembered as a crusader for civil rights who worked with drug addicts, the unemployed and people with HIV and AIDS."

His body was discovered by a parishioner and a building superintendent after Mann had missed an appointment. Former Harlem City Councilman Bill Perkins, who lives in the same building, says that the police told him "the pastor was found lying on his back with the knife still there." Oddly, the NYPD says that no weapon was found. While an autopsy is being preformed the police are assuming homicide. If you know anything, please contact the NYPD.

According to Perkins, Mann "was a wonderful pastor, a wonderful neighbor. It's a shock. Just a shock."