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WPB commissioner calling for plan of action to end violence

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - He wants to stop the recent rash of shootings that have claimed the lives of three men in the last few weeks.

From his smiling face and bright eyes. "He was just a good kid he always gave support."

Roger Jahore says it's hard to understand why anyone would gun down his son, 19-year-old Jevaugn Leslie. "He was a very quiet person. He don't give no trouble."

On May 2, trouble found Jevaugn sitting outside a Lake Park duplex. He was gunned down in the early afternoon.

Twenty-two-year-old Vinel Sanon is charged with first degree murder. The motive remains unclear. "When I first heard the news, I never thought it was real," says Jahore.

For Jevaugn's parents and his 5-year-old sister reality soon set in that Jevaugn would not be coming home again. "She talks about him everyday she really loves him."

Stories like this have become all too common.

Over the weekend two other young men were shot and killed just blocks away from each other in West Palm Beach.

Across town, three teens were wounded when gunfire erupted on a basketball court. "I can't imagine the pain of losing a child to senseless violence," says West Palm Beach City Commissioner Keith James.

Just this week James expressed his frustration at a mayor's workshop. "These types of incidents this rash pattern needs to be back on the radar," says James.

The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner says in 2010 8 black males under the age of 20 died from gun shot wounds. This year there have already been three such deaths. "I don't want the lives of these young men to go unnoticed."

Commissioner James is set to press fellow commissioners for an action plan to stem the violence. "We need to get all hands on deck to address this vital emergency..or what I call a dyer emergency."

Too late for this family's pain but they hope to spare other's their suffering. "It's very frustrating these kids instead of looking for better direction they choose a life of crime, crime doesn't pay."

Jevaugn is scheduled to be buried this weekend.

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