The Davis family
The Davis family
Four days after the trial, Nathaniel Davis Jr. sat on his porch overlooking his beloved Norton Street in Dorchester. A day earlier, the Supreme Court had ruled that it was unconstitutional for juveniles to be given life sentences. The ruling could affect his son's killer, Joshua Fernandes, who was 16 when he fired the fatal shots.
Latrina Fomby-Davis sorted through paperwork at the health center in Braintree where she works as the front desk supervisor. Since her son Nicholas's death, work has been a refuge.
Nate Davis awoke around 5 one morning in August to make the long trip to Cape Cod to fish for porgies. He aborted the trip when his fishing mate decided to sleep in. On the way back home, he stopped in front of a construction site on Quincy Street and said it could be a place for a recreational center for area kids.
Nate Davis sat in the play room where his son, Nicholas, used to practice playing drums. He listened to some favorite tunes from an LP called "Save the Children."
A school official escorted Natalie Davis to a seat at her graduation ceremony. The Urban Science Academy event was held in Faneuil Hall on June 6.
Trinecia Fomby-Davis wears a tattoo of a PlayStation controller in memory of her baby brother, Nicholas. It has his dates of birth and death.
Nate and Trina Davis shared a light moment after a cookout at Boston police headquarters for families of homicide victims in late August.
Nate Davis proudly scanned his certificate after graduating from a basic computer training program in late May at United South End Settlements, a community organization.
Nate Davis encouraged his neighbors, including Isaiah Miranda, 2, and Jaylanny Fernandes, 3, to have a dance contest at a cookout in a common area near his yard in early August. The block party was organized by his neighbor.
A poster collage of Nicholas Fomby-Davis hangs in his old music room at his family's Norton Street home. Nicholas enjoyed playing drums and his PlayStation.
Nate Davis arrived early in court on June 21 -- the birthday of his twins, Natalie and Little Nate -- to wait for the verdict in the murder trial of two young men accused of killing his son. Both accused killers lived in Bowdoin-Geneva at the time of the murder.
Latrina Fomby Davis testified somberly on the first day of the trial. She described her frantic and terrifying moments after learning that her son had been shot and racing behind the ambulance to the hospital.
Officer Anthony Williams, who had witnessed the killing of Nicholas Fomby-Davis, pointed to a screen showing images from a surveillance video during the trial in Suffolk Superior Court. Prosecutor Pat Haggan, left, told jurors to focus on what happened that day, May 30, 2010, and not why it happened. The reason, he said, would not make sense.
In his victim impact statement in court in late June, Nate Davis told his son's killers that he has to pass by the murder site -- close to his family home -- every day. He said that they had only one intention when they picked up that gun -- and that was to kill, he shouted.
Nate Davis put a set of solar-charged lights at his son’s gravesite on Aug. 20 in an effort to protect it from vandals who had threatened to desecrate it.