Washington, DC

The Washington Post reported:

“For weeks, all Clarence Venable could talk about was his new job. After his own brushes with the law, the 40-year-old was elated to begin training last month to be a violence interrupter, tasked with reducing the rising level of homicides in Southeast Washington.

Before he could interrupt that violence, however, it overtook him instead.”

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Friday, November 22, 2019, in the 3200 block of Dubois Place, Southeast.

At approximately 2:01 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 40 year-old Clarence Venable, of Southeast, DC.”

Ron passes on these extremely sad reports:

“A man was shot and killed leaving an anti-violence meeting in Southeast D.C. Friday afternoon.”

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#163 A man was shot and killed leaving an anti-violence meeting in Southeast D.C. Friday afternoon. The victim, 40-year-old Clarence Venable of Southeast D.C., attended a Cure the Streets meeting. The group calls themselves violence interrupters. They go into neighborhoods experiencing violence and try to mediate between opposing groups. Venable was shot about 2 p.m. in the 3200 block of Dubois Place SE, police said. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine went to the scene. “I want to tell you, the violence interrupters, the community outreach folks, they are committed to reducing violence in our city, and yes, they are going to be hurt, but they are going to be even more committed tomorrow and the days that follow, because we can do better by our community and we’re going to work hard to make it better,” he said. Police do not have a motive or lookout information.

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