More being learned about Mattapan shooting victims

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September 29, 2010, 4:23 pm
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(NECN: Alysha Palumbo - Boston) - "Nothing shocks me nowadays, nothing," said Patricia Washum, the mother of victim Levaughn Washum Garrison.

Relatives of the victims of Tuesday's murders in Mattapan are dealing with the loss of four young lives.

Washum says her son was still trying to find himself.

Washum Garrison was a young father who was working on getting his GED to impress his mother.

"At least he was trying, at least he was trying to get the message I was trying to send out to him as a mother, make something of yourself, be productive and do the right thing in life," said Washum.

21-year-olds Simba Martin and Eyanna Flonory were a young couple trying to beat the odds.
Flonory had been taking criminal justice classes at Bunker Hill Community College to try to become a police officer.

Flonory's cousin Ellen Patterson said, "She really really wanted to be in criminal justice."

Flonory died clutching her two-year-old son Amani Smith, who was also shot and killed.

"She adored her son, that was her pride and joy," said Patterson.

Smith's aunt Avis Springette said, "Amani is a beautiful kid, very beautiful kid, playful, lots of energy, he loved to dance, just playful kid and I'm going to miss him."

32-year-old Marcus Hurd is the only surviving victim, fighting for his life at Beth Israel Hospital.
His relatives are asking for prayers.

Hurd's stepfather Chris Jones said, "He's a strong man and he will pull through, he will pull through."

Patricia Washum says the violence on the streets of Boston has become "crazy."
She says she's numb with grief.

"But I know he's safe, I know he's in a better place and I don't have to worry anymore," said Washum.

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