Rage. Grief. Disbelief. Those emotions permeated a Mattapan neighborhood this afternoon as residents learned of the verdicts in the notorious massacre that claimed the lives of a toddler and three adults in 2010.
“A 2-year-old lost his life and that man is going to walk,” Nakesia Andrews said outside of here grandmother’s Sutton Street home. “The day of revelation is here. The Bible says the wicked man will walk and show his wicked way before us.”
Boston police officers, ministers, and health workers walked up and down Woolson Street, where the murders occurred, hoping their presence would allay fears, calm nerves, and prevent violence. But residents’ anger simmered from their porches – not in the street. The exception: A young man whom police said was related to one of the victims. He stormed past a television cameraman, shoving the photographer before climbing into an SUV.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury was unable to reach verdicts on the murder charges against the alleged triggerman in the case and acquitted the man accused of being the killer’s getaway driver.
“They should have let everybody who lived on this street be on the jury,” fumed Felicita Cruz, as her children played on the porch. “Who’s going to be the next baby killed and no justice?”
Her neighbor Myriam Pierre was dismayed that no one had been found guilty of the crime that “happened right over there,” she said pointing to the empty lot where the four victims were found naked and murdered.
The family of two of the victims, Eyanna Flonory, 21, and her son, Amanihotep Smith, 2, felt compelled to return to Woolson Street after the verdict was delivered, but they struggled to explain why.
Kesha Daughtry, wearing a button bearing images of the faces of her dead cousins, stood in front of what used to be a memorial for the victims. “I can’t believe they took it down,” she said, pointing to a white picket fence with a missing door. “I meant to come by and bring some balloons, but I didn’t ... just to let folks know we’re still fighting.”
Woolson, she said, is a street she can’t traverse anymore. It hurts too much. “Edward Washington got away with killing my little cousins for absolutely nothing. But he will get justice one way or another,” she said, pointing to the sky. “We’re going to pray. We’re still fighting.”