Two Evangelists Murdered in Florida

This story is from the Palm Beach Post. There is little information on what the

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beliefs of these men were.

BOYNTON BEACH — Jeriah Woody executed two men who made the mistake of preaching religion to the 18-year-old, a witness has told police.

Woody, who turned himself in to Boynton Beach police Wednesday, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the Saturday night deaths of Stephen Ocean, 23, and Tite Sufra, 24, near the Boynton Beach city library.

He was expected to be taken to the Palm Beach County Jail later today and have a bond hearing Thursday. Boynton Beach spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said this afternoon he was still being questioned and she would not immediately provide information about a motive.

A woman who identified herself as Ocean’s sister, but did not want to give her name, said the two men, best friends, were ministers who were ordained last year and had turned their lives around after run-ins with law enforcement. She did not want to identify the church with which they were aligned.

“They go around and minister to boys and say where they came from,” the sister said. “They did that all day and all night.”

Jail records show no adult arrests for Sufra. Ocean was arrested in 2003 on robbery charges and in 2004 for violating probation on previous battery and petit theft convictions. He was arrested in 2006 for carrying a concealed firearm and resisting an officer.

Jail records show no adult arrests for Woody.

According to a Boynton Beach police report, a person who was with the two slain men told police that, about 8 p.m Saturday, the three were walking through the neighborhood, preaching, and encountered Woody under a tree.

They had been preaching to him for about 15 minutes when he received a call on his cellphone.

The three heard him tell the person on the phone that he was “right down the street.”

He then told the three preachers he had to go.

As the three began walking east, they noticed Woody running toward them.

The friend said he saw Sufra walk toward Woody; he then saw a flash and saw Sufra fall.

Ocean began running and was dropped by a shot to the buttocks, the witness said.

He said Woody then walked up to Ocean and shot him in the head execution-style.

The third man was able to flee and call police, the report said.

Officers found the two lying in the 100 block of Southwest Second Avenue.

On Tuesday, a source alerted detectives to a man with the street name of “plug” who matched the description of the shooter.

The man who’d been preaching with the two other men picked Woody out of a lineup, the report said.

7 thoughts on “Two Evangelists Murdered in Florida

  1. Where is the outcry over this, like when Dr. Tiller was gunned down?

    This story almost went unnoticed by most; I did find a link to it at foxnews site, but it was not a major breaking story. Perhaps if the men were Muslim, or any other religion, it would have gotten more worldwide attention.

    May God get glory for Himself, perhaps by bringing the accused to Christ.


  2. I live in Florida and have been following the story – well as much as you can follow with the limited information provided by the on-line editions of the local papers in south Florida. I can’t remember which of the two papers, but one made a point of going on about the misdeeds of one of the preachers ~before~ he came to Christ. The fact that two innocent unarmed men were gunned down in cold blood was almost secondary in one of the articles. An opossum flattened by a passing automobile would have received more coverage than these two martyrs.

    Prayers for their families.



  3. Why would’nt the sister say what organization (church) they were with?????????????? Were they preaching the true gospel of Christ or a false one like the “jehovah witnesses” and many others do. Still it is tragic how these two died.


  4. God bless the families and church of our brethren who died for the sake of the Gospel. I challenge all true on fire believers to join me in a joint effort to attend a vigil and outreach in Boynton Beach Florida in the next couple of weeks. We the body of Christ must make an effort to not allow the enemy to think he can make such horrific actions and get no retaliation from it.
    Lets not allow our brethrens murder to be in vain and lets all organized together and come in agreement and begin a collective effort to unite Holy Spirit believers to continue the work of our brother which started in Boynton Beach. Please reach me at 64 702 3633


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