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Victims’ family members express outrage at verdict in Mattapan massacre case

Mattapan killings

John Tlumacki / Globe Staff

Family members and relatives reacted outside the courtroom.

Family members of the victims in the Mattapan massacre were outraged after the jury’s acquittal today of Edward Washington and failure to reach verdicts on the murder charges against Dwayne Moore.

As the verdicts were being read, Ebony Flonory, the sister of Eyanna Flonory, began screaming, cursing the outcome. She lunged forward and had to be restrained by court officers who dragged her out.

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Several minutes later, a stream of family members emerged from the courthouse and screamed at the two defense attorneys, who were being interviewed by reporters.

“How can you defend a murderer?” they yelled. “Baby killer! Baby killer!”

John Amabile, defense attorney for Moore, just waved. Jack H. Cunha, the lawyer for Washington, replied, “The jury didn’t think so.”

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Moore, 34, and Washington, 32, were accused of robbing the home of Simba Martin, 21, then executing him, along with his girlfriend, Eyanna Flonory, 21; her son, Amanihotep Smith, 2; and Levaughn Washum-Garrison, 22, who was staying at Martin’s home that night.

A fifth person, Marcus Hurd, was shot in the head but survived and is now paralyzed. He testified during the trial, but was never able to identify his attackers.

The cold-blooded attack was one of the most horrific in recent Boston history.

“I feel like I was raped,” said Delorise Flonory, mother of Eyanna Flonory, as the family walked away.

Coming back for Dwayne Moore’s trial is not going to be a consolation, she said. “Why should we keep putting ourselves through this?”

Ebony Flonory, walking with Delorise, said there was “no justice.”

“My sister and nephew did not get justice,” she said.

Washington and Moore “are free and they can breathe. I’ll never see my sister again. I’ll never call my sister again,” she said.

She said the defendants “deserve to die ... “They should be marched out of the courtroom and have a gun put to their head.”

Inez Smith, Amanihotep Smith’s grandmother, said outside the courthouse moments after the verdicts were read, “I did not get justice. My grandson, Amanihotep Smith, did not get justice. You put a murderer back on the streets, other people can become murderers, you understand what I’m saying? What are we gonna do? We are gonna pray, we’re going to church.”

Avis Springette, the 2-year-old victim’s aunt, said, “Injustice is not the word. Four people lost their lives and one is paralyzed, and these two guys walk. My nephew lost his life. He was only two. I come to this courtroom every day for justice and I have not received justice. My mother is leaving here, she did not receive justice.”

“These two criminals!” she continued. “Imagine us, the family. How do you think we feel? We have to swallow this pill; it’s a pill we have to swallow. It doesn’t matter how much water we drink, we can never swallow that pill. Unfair -- the system is unfair -- and I will never believe in the system again. They have made a big mistake, because these two guys that are walking, they are going to do it again to somebody else’s family in a matter of time.”

Martin Finucane of the Globe staff contributed to this report.
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