Two-and-a-half years after 22-year-old Cyree Watson was shot in the head and body within a block of where he lived in Wilmington's Hilltop neighborhood, the man police say killed Watson has been indicted.
A New Castle County grand jury indicted Clarence "Boo Boo" Rivera, 28, on one count of first-degree murder, one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and one count of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited.
Rivera is accused of shooting Watson on July 14, 2017, at about 11:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of W. Third St. Watson died in the hospital two days later.
According to Watson's mother, Latonya Smith, the 22-year-old had recently moved back to Wilmington from North Carolina when he was killed. He'd been living with his father in the city's Hilltop neighborhood, close to where he was shot.
Watson grew up in Delaware but had moved to North Carolina with Smith five years before his death. While there, he "got into a little trouble," Smith previously told Delaware Online/The News Journal, and he wanted a fresh start back in his home state.
"He said he’d go to Delaware to get his life straightened out," Smith said. She stayed in North Carolina when he moved.
"I said, 'Oh no, Cyree, Third and Franklin?' I knew it was a bad area," said Smith, who would text and call her son several times a day to check in. "He'd say, 'Ma, I’m good.'"
Smith said if she'd known Watson would be shot, she "would’ve got my son out of there" — and she would have visited sooner.
She had scheduled a trip to Wilmington in mid-July but postponed it by several days. She said she believed if she had gone the Thursday she had planned to — Watson was killed on a Friday — he "wouldn’t have been out there."
"He would’ve been with me," Smith said. "There are days I wanted to die. ... I didn’t want to feel the fact that my son went through this."
Smith last spoke to Watson the day he died. He said he loved her, and she answered, "I love you, too. Be safe."
When Smith got the call later that day that Watson had been shot, she rushed to Delaware. It was too late, though; by the time she got to Wilmington, Watson had died, hooked up to machines only to preserve his organs for donation.
Smith said previously that's the only good that came from her son's death.
"He lives in three people today," she said. "He saved three lives."
Still, Smith said she misses her son every day.
"I wouldn’t wish this pain on no one," Smith said. "Not even the guy that killed my son."
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