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Disturbing details of an incident, father killed himself and his 4-year-old son

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – John Stacey is the father who have killed himself and killed his 4-year-old son Greyson Kessler.
According to court documents Stacey had been abusive toward the mother for several years, and that over the past month the threats began escalating.
The mother, Ali Kessler, tried to have police remove her son from building where Stacey lived, but the day she filed the court paperwork was the same day of the incident.
She says that Stacey hadn’t taken Greyson to school in two days and police couldn’t locate him.
Kessler filed an emergency order on Friday, asking that the boy be removed from his father’s care because he was in immediate danger.
Later that day, the police found the boy and his father dead inside Stacey’s condo at Las Olas by the River on Southeast 5th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.
“I was taking my dog for a walk, and we saw the police out front, and we just overheard them say it was a murder-suicide,” said John Vece, who also lives in the condo building.
According to the police reports the shootings occurred sometime on Thursday, and they said that Stacey shot and killed his son before turning the gun on himself.
As Kessler reported since Stacey found out she was pregnant he had been sending her threatening messages and texts.
Kessler wrote: “Mr. Stacey was a previous member of the cult the Moonies about five years. Upon being released, he has not received treatment or therapy to address his PTSD from the cult, or anger he has for me having his child. His behavior is erratic and escalating and I fear for my life, my boyfriend’s life and most of all my child.”
A representative for the family says :
The family of Greyson Martin Kessler is devastated by the loss of our baby boy. Greyson was the kindest, smartest, most animated kid we have ever known.
Greyson’s mother, Alison Kessler, did everything she could to keep her child safe from harm. We feel that the system failed us at every level, from her attorney to the police department, to the court system.
There were many red flags exhibited by John Stacey that were never acted upon, even though Alison reported his bizarre and threatening behavior and went through all the proper channels. This tragedy could have been prevented if proper action had been taken to help Alison and Greyson.
Greyson was the light of our lives, and the world is darker without him in it.

Raymond Simpson

Raymond Simpson is a California native, a longtime Coral Springs resident, and the Editor at TSFD. He lives with his family in Coral Springs, where you can find him on weekends running – literally running – with his two golden retrievers.

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