WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - A D.C. man who tried to bring peace to his community is dead after someone shot him in Southeast on Friday afternoon.
A source tells FOX 5 the man, who police have identified as 40-year-old Clarence Venable, served as a violence interrupter.
Venable was attending a training session on Dubois Place SE when a gunman approached and shot him.
Sean Magruder says he recruited his close friend Venable to become a violence interrupter. The program is funded by the D.C. Attorney General's Office and has the goal of mediating neighborhood disputes before they turn violent.
"He wanted to make a difference. He wanted to change the streets. He wanted his kids to grow up in a better D.C. than he grew up in," said Magruder.
Venable was a father, a role model to many and a good friend, Magruder said.
"He would want [the youth] to know that it’s us that can make a change," he said.