A young mother and her 2-year-old, slain last week in Mattapan in a crime that shook the city, lay together today in a pewter-colored casket as mourners gathered for a "home-going celebration" and wake.
Eyanna L. Flonory, and her son, Amanihotep Smith, were both clad in white during the ceremonies at the Morning Star Baptist Church on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan.
The 21-year-old woman and her son were found shot to death -- the toddler cradled in her arms -- on Woolson Street on Sept. 28, along with Flonory's boyfriend, Simba Martin, and another young man. A fifth man is clinging to life.
Bishop John M. Borders III told the crowd at the church that the shootings should stir city and state officials, the clergy, and community residents to take back their neighborhood from the crime that has haunted it.
"We've got to get the guns out of this community, and we've got to get the drugs out of this city," Borders said to chants of "Amen."
Ebony Flonory, Eyanna Flonory's sister, gave a poignant recollection of her sister and nephew as she described the conversation she had with them about an hour before they were found dead. Amani had learned to say his name, and told it to his aunt, Ebony Flonory said.
"I love you, Eyanna, and I love you, Amani," the sister said through tears.
The large church steadily filled towards its capacity earlier in the morning with mourners dressed in their Sunday best walking through the dismal weather alongside younger people wearing casual clothing -- and memorial buttons for mother and son. Governor Deval Patrick joined the mourners who walked past the casket.
Relatives of the murdered mother and son arrived for the beginning of the wake, which started at 10 a.m., also wearing white. In a printed program, the family of Flonory and Smith wrote that "a precious two from us has gone."
In the program, the family recalled that the child was born on Aug. 21, 2008, to Flonory and the boy's father, Amanihotep R. Smith.
"It was a bright, sunny Thursday and it fit his personality perfectly. ... He was a sweet, adorable, handsome and precious little boy. Amani was the joy of his parent's lives and a blessing to his family."
A funeral service for Martin, whose home on Sutton Street is where Boston police believe the crime began, was held Tuesday. Services for the fourth murder victim, 22-year-old Levaughn Washum-Garrison, 22, are set for Monday.
A fifth victim, Marcus Hurd, 32, is on life support, and police say he is not expected to survive.
No one has been charged with committing the murders, but a 34-year-old Dorchester man, Kimani Washington, has been charged with stealing Hurd's rental car and with possessing two firearms. Boston police are testing the weapons to see if they were involved in the murders.
Kimani Washington is currently being held in New Hampshire pending his scheduled return for arraignment at Dorchester Municipal Court now set for Oct. 13. His attorney, John Salsberg, has said Washington "unequivocally denies hurting anybody.''
John Tlumacki / Globe Staff
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