Jackie Bensen

Man Shot to Death Leaving Anti-Violence Meeting in Southeast DC

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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