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Murdered Street Preachers to be Honored and Streets Reclaimed for Christ

Contact: Dr. Gary Cass, Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, 954-551-9770; Rev. Patrick Mahoney, 540-538-4741

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla., March 17 /Christian Newswire/ -- On Sunday, May 16th a Prayer Vigil is scheduled to honor the lives of Steven Ocean and Tite Sufra, two courageous young black men shot to death while sharing the Gospel on the streets of Boynton Beach, Florida on January 30th.

The event is sponsored by Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition, and Dr. Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission, and leaders in South Florida. The vigil will take place from 3-5 PM in the parking lot in front of the Boynton Beach City Library, 208 South Seacrest Boulevard, near where Ocean and Sufra were murdered.

"Just as we honor those who die while serving our country and communities, we must to honor Steven Ocean and Tite Sufra, two fine young men who were killed in the line of Christian duty," said Dr. Gary Cass. "We will pray for their families, the community and for justice. This tragic event was largely ignored and under reported. This vigil is our effort to pay these two men the respect they deserve. All Christians, especially those who minister on the streets, are urged to come and take back the streets of Boynton Beach for Christ."

"Our hearts are broken for the families of Steven Ocean and Tite Sufra. It would be unconscionable not to honor these brave young men," said Rev. Patrick Mahoney. "The best way to honor their memory is to return to the very place where they died, pray for the community they loved and then share God's love and forgiveness in Jesus Christ. We will not concede even one street in America, but will assert our right and duty to proclaim Jesus is Lord."