The mother of murder victim Jaivon Blake said her son would be “forever missed’’ as the two men convicted of killing the 16-year-old were sentenced Monday in Suffolk Superior Court to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Diane Simmons provided Superior Court Judge Christine Roach with a written victim impact statement during the sentencing for Sheldon Mattis and Nyasani Watt, both 20, who were convicted last month of murdering Blake and seriously wounding a 14-year-old friend of Blake’s.
According to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office, Blake and his friend were innocents who were attacked Sept. 25, 2011, by members of a street gang intent on sending a message to rivals.
“We would like to say that we are very happy with the charges found on both men; it brings some closure to the family,” Simmons wrote in her statement, which was read aloud in the Boston courthouse, according to Conley’s office. “We will always miss Jaivon. We will always miss his smile, the way Jaivon touched so many of his family and friends’ lives with his loving, caring, and devoted ways, and he will be forever missed.”
One of Blake’s younger brothers also provided a written victim impact statement. “My brother was really a great kid, really one of those people who actually cares when somebody is going through something,” he wrote, according to Conley’s office.
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