Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis was on the scene in Mattapan this afternoon as detectives finally began searching a home authorities believe was the starting point for a quadruple murder that has shocked and enraged the city.
Davis was outside 23 Sutton St. where officers have been posted since at least Tuesday morning, hours after the bodies of five people, including a 2-year-old boy, were found on neighboring Woolson street.
Killed were Amanihotep Smith, 2, and his mother, Eyanna Flonory, 21. The other victims were officially identified by authorities today as Levaughn Washum-Garrison, 22, and Simba Martin, 21.
The fifth victim, Marcus Hurd, 32, is still in critical condition today at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
After taking no action, police today suddenly sealed off both ends of the small side street while detectives in plainclothes were seen moving around the Sutton Street property.
According to law enforcement officials and relatives of some of the victims, the brutal mass murder may have grown out of a drug deal gone awry, a transaction that may have taken place inside the Sutton Street home where Simba Martin lived.
Meanwhile over on Woolson Street where the victims were found, the impromptu memorial that has appeared on the sidewalk continues to grow as people come by, leaving behind stuffed animals, dolls and candles.
One Woolson Street resident, Marie Odney, said today her son, Jardy Joseph, was murdered in 2006 near where the bodies of the newest victims were found this week.
She said that she and other residents have had to live with the fear that comes from losing a loved one, and from routinely hearing gunshots.
"My children want me to leave, but at 76 years old where can I go now?'' she said.
Authorities have said detectives have recovered handguns they believe may have been used in the quadruple murders, and have also found a rental car apparently stolen from Hurd.
No arrests have been made.
(John R. Ellement of the Globe Staff contributed to this report.)
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