Kin hold out hope for Mattapan victim
As a Dorchester man heads to a New Hampshire court today in connection with the Mattapan bloodbath that left four people dead, the still-shaken family of a fifth shooting victim is holding out hope for his survival.
“Everyone is praying for a miracle,” said Dorchester’s Till Freeman.
Marcus Hurd, 32, was shot in the back of the head early Tuesday, in what police believe may have been a drug deal gone bad, sources have said. Simba Martin, 21, Levaughn Washum-Garrison, 22, Eyanna Louise Flonory, 21, and her 2-year-old son, Amani Smith, were killed in the rampage.
Since then, Hurd has clung to life at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Hurd’s family says that if he does pull through, “He’ll never be the same,” Freeman said.
But, he added, “He could live. We only go when God says it’s time.”
On Friday, police arrested Kimani Washington, 35, of Dorchester, in Manchester, N.H. The warrant arrest came after police found marijuana and two guns in a home that Washington visited after the murders.
Washington, a career criminal with multiple assault-related arrests, will be arraigned today in Manchester District Court as a fugitive from justice. He is not charged with murder.
“That charge requires we prove only that the individual in New Hampshire is the individual we have charged here in Suffolk County,” said Jake Wark, spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley.
If Washington doesn’t fight rendition, Wark said he “could be brought back within the week” to answer in Dorchester District Court to unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition and receiving a stolen vehicle.
Wark declined to say if investigators are still searching for additional suspects.
Meanwhile, Boston police are maintaining a strong presence on Woolson Street, where the 1:15 a.m. execution-style shooting occurred.
Yesterday afternoon, patrol officers walked past the makeshift shrine that mourners have created in recent days.
The largest, most colorful display is in front of the white picket fence where Flonory and Smith were gunned down. Stuffed animals, flowers and personal notes are covered in plastic to protect the collection from the weather.
On top, a large, handwritten note reads: “Many in the suburbs are praying, too.”
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