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Cops nab main suspect in Mattapan massacre

Cops nab main suspect in Mattapan massacre
By O’Ryan Johnson  |   Tuesday, November 23, 2010  |  http://www.bostonherald.com  |  Local Coverage

Framed portrait of Eyanna and her son Amani at the funeral services for Eyanna Flonory and her son Amannetep ‘Amani’ Smith at the Morning Star Baptist Church.

Photo by Ted Fitzgerald (file)

A man was arrested on murder charges last night for the Mattapan massacre in which four people, including a toddler, were gunned down in what police say was a drug deal gone bad.

Dwayne Moore, 33, of Mattapan was charged with four counts of murder and one count of assault with intent to murder. He is expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court today.

Moore is the only suspect charged with the killings in the Sept. 28 bloodbath on Woolson Street. Another man previously was charged with firearms violations.

In 1996. Moore, then 19, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 to 18 years in the 1995 stabbing death of a Milton teen, Keema Braxton, 17, at a party in Mattapan, according to a law enforcement source and news reports. It was unclear last night when and under what circumstances he was released from prison.

The early morning massacre happened on a street plagued by gunfire. The mass killing signaled a spike in deadly violence throughout the city this year, capped by a triple-homicide Sunday in Jamaica Plain.

There have been 69 homicides in the city so far this year, compared with 45 at the same time last year.

The Mattapan homicides stunned the community with the heartless slaying of 2-year-old Amanihoteph Smith, who was shot through the heart in the arms of his mother, Eyanna Louise Flonory.

Also killed were Flonory’s boyfriend, Simba Martin, 21, and Levaughn Washum-Garrison, 22, formerly of Roslindale. A fifth victim, Marcus Hurd, remains on life support.

The other suspect who was arrested days after the killings, Kimani Washington, 34, admitted to police that two firearms seized from his mother’s apartment a day after the killings belonged to him, police said. He remains jailed on firearms violations.

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