The question seemed innocuous: “Where are you from?”
Sheldon Mattis had just bought the 14-year-old rolling papers at Walgreen’s so that when Mattis asked where he lived, the youth answered.
“Everton Street,” he said.
That simple reply, authorities said, set off a chain of events that led to shootings that seriously wounded the 14-year-old and killed his friend, 16-year-old Jaivon Blake.
Mattis and Nyasani Watt, both 20-year-old men from Dorchester, are on trial, charged with the Sept. 25, 2011, killing of Blake, a middle school student who wrote poetry and dreamed of playing professional basketball.
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