Boynton Beach anti-violence effort marches on

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - It's been three months since sisters Daphne Clemons and Janice Rahming were killed with high-powered firearms by two men who bombarded their home.

Now, the effort to avenge their deaths with a campaign of non-violence moves forward.

The last time a group of anti-violence activists met at the St. John Missionary Baptist Church, they got their marching orders. Tonight, they came to say they followed through.

Rae Whitely of Boynton Beach, wonders how signs with the mantra, "Silent No More," would look all over the city. He plans to print 10,000 signs and business cards to find out if an ad can encourage people to live the mantra printed on it.

"We want it to be in church parking lots, school parking lots, because the more people see it, the more the culture and thinking is going to change," said Whitely.

He showed it off to the group at the St. John Missionary Baptist Church.

It's proof that he followed through on a promise made a month ago to actually do something about violence.

Entrepreneur David Dennis says he also followed his marching orders.

Eight youngsters have been signed up for business apprenticeships. He says that can stop violence too.

"They will have more of a sense of belonging to a community, a better sense of worth. They will know how they can take care of their family in a legal way," said Dennis.

Pathways to Prosperity, the social services arm of the missionary baptist church, is beginning its fourth month of all-out anti-violence work.

It's challenging. One group admitted they didn't follow through on their assignments. The overall crowd was slightly smaller than previous meetings - though just as enthusiastic.

"People have seen all the violence and all the things in this area that have gone on for so long, I believe that they're really desirous of change," said Tara Hails of Pathways to Prosperity.

Whiteley says his signs - if their message resonates - could help bring the uncaptured killers of Daphne Clemons and Janice Rahming to justice.

"We feel that there are people who do know. But they're not talking about it. Fear of retaliation," said Whitely.

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