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Buried Together, Mother And Son’s Killing Is A Wake-Up Call

Mourners hug outside the Morning Star Baptist Church in Mattapan Wednesday following a funeral service for Eyanna Flonory and her son 2-year-old son Amani Smith. (AP)

BOSTON — “God has had enough,” said the minister who buried a toddler killed in Boston’s recent mass murder. Four died in that shooting and another man is hanging on for his life. Police believe last week’s shooting resulted from a drug encounter gone bad.

In a city that’s seen its share of murders, these killings stand out because they broke the rule, people say. Women and children aren’t supposed to die in drug or gang disputes.

The open casket at this funeral forced everyone here to confront the reality of these shootings. Dressed in matching white suits, 2-year-old Amani Smith and his mother, 21-year-old Eyanna Flonory, lay together in the same casket, with the little boy resting on his mother’s side. At least one relative fainted as she looked closer.

“She was very proud to have just moved herself and her son into their first home, and was in the process of decorating,” read Aisha Johnson, from the official obituary. Johnson, a member of Morning Star Baptist Church, said Flonory was studying criminal justice at Bunker Hill Community College. Her friends and family considered her a “fashionista.”

“She was very proud to have just moved herself and her son into their first home, and was in the process of decorating.”
– Aisha Johnson, friend of Flonory

She described Smith as a happy child, who loved to dance and bounce a ball.

“He enjoyed eating,” Johnson said. “Potato chips, and oatmeal were some of his favorites.” She said Smith would often stand next to his father and uncle while they played video games.

“He thought he was playing along even though his controller was never plugged in.”

Smith had just learned to say his name, according to his aunt Ebony Flonory. She was supposed to see Smith and her sister the next day.

“I was one of the last people to talk to her that night around 12:45,” she said while crying. “That day we talked and she apologized for everything that me and her have been going through.”

Ebony and Eyanna’s brother, Andrew Flonory, also spoke at the funeral. He described Eyanna as a maternal figure.

He says that when he recently broke his arm playing basketball, he pleaded with Eyanna not to tell his mother since he wasn’t supposed to be playing.

She agreed, but lectured him anyway.

“That’s what I’ll miss about her the most. She had the mothering thing down pat,” he said.

After all of the personal reflections, Morning Star Baptist Church Bishop John Borders said the murder of Flonory and Smith was a wake-up call for the city.

“You cannot see it with the natural eye, but I’m here to tell you today that God has been stirred up in his spirit by the deaths of these young people,” Borders said.

“God has had enough. God has had enough.”

Borders ended with a call to action, which was also an indictment.

“We have to take our city back,” he said. “Our preachers have to  stop preaching irrelevant messages. We have to stop preaching messages that appear that we’re making our pockets fat while our families go to hell.”

Borders said teachers have to teach “lessons higher than MCAS,” police should do more neighborhood policing, men need to be fathers and mothers need to look for the guns and drugs in their children’s rooms and throw them out. People should stop worrying about being “snitches” and report criminal activity to the police. And Borders said the media should stop covering bad things that happen in these neighborhoods and start covering the good things.

He said  he forgives the killer or killers, but wants them to feel the “full weight” of prosecution.

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  • http://thepracticalhumanist.blogspot.com Paul Creeden

    This coverage was very encouraging. I applaud Bishop Borders for his clear and direct message. These are not accidental tragedies. These are tragedies of neglect and alienation within this community on many levels. Pehaps the members of this community can rally around a philosophy of rigorous prevention and citizen action.

  • Lane

    even though I do not live in Boston I feel I can help each day mainly by being kind to all people reardless of their race creed or color..especially children. If you cannot find it in your heart to show compassion, empathy and kindness to children, especially children of color then you should not be working with children. Go do something else.

  • Deborah

    That minister’s full of it to say God is stirred up in his spirit by the deaths and has had enough. No one knows the mind of God.

  • vnice

    my heart goes out to the family. my prays are with you

  • shakim336

    bishop borders is right the Lord is tired of this mess he is going to send something through boston to shake us up… we need to wake my brothas and sistas forget snitching this isn’t about snitching its about saving innocent people lives… this cant happen again we need to stand up and get these bullies thugs out of our community lets stand together in Jesus name he will take care and protect us just ask him and u shall recieve… pray for the victims families all of them… they need our prayers and support in these sad times… look to Jesus for which commeth your health…God bless u all and the misinform

  • shakim336

    i dont believe in the death penalty but in this case it will be exception this is horrible execution style of killing in which the death penalty should be acts in this case… those who did the shooting should suffer for what they did to this four people especially the girl and the baby…. i have no sympathy for the ones who did it when they get caught im hoping the FBI take over the case and tried them in federal court for this type of killings… this is terroristic type of killings

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