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Hundreds mourn victim of Mattapan shootings

A mourner was overcome with grief after a funeral yesterday for shooting victim Simba Martin, 21. The 90-minute service carried about 400 people through somberness, laughter, and foot-tapping worship. A mourner was overcome with grief after a funeral yesterday for shooting victim Simba Martin, 21. The 90-minute service carried about 400 people through somberness, laughter, and foot-tapping worship. (Wendy Maeda/ Globe Staff)
By Brian R. Ballou
Globe Staff / October 6, 2010

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Simba Martin’s family huddled around his shiny, pewter-colored casket yesterday morning, their cries of grief filling the small red-brick church on Highland Street. Near the altar, a female relative shouted “why’’ repeatedly as she slumped in the embrace of a family member. (Full article: 640 words)

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