When are we going to start protecting our kids better?? Here is yet another story of a great kid with a promising future that is taken way too soon. Please follow this story and let’s all get better at protecting our children.


Jason, a self-confident gay teenager, was described as very popular, outgoing and friendly. All who knew him loved him. A sophomore at Vivian T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy in West Baltimore, his teachers and classmates are left heartbroken over his murder.

“He was a terrific boy, and we miss him very much, ” said Laquanna Couplin, Jason’s cousin and a resident at the house where Jason’s body was found. “We’re hoping that justice is served and that the person who is responsible for this goes to prison and doesn’t get out,” added Couplin. “He [Jason] was a sweet young man. He wasn’t afraid of who he was. He had a life ahead of him. I just wish he could’ve had a chance to live it.” Jason aspired to be a pediatrician.

Parrish, a convicted felon, was recently released from prison after serving 10 years of a 30 year sentence for second-degree murder. He was released after the Innocence Project found he pled guilty based on a faulty statement of facts read into the court record.

Parrish was picked up two days after the murder of Jason and admitted to the crime. He is currently charged with first-degree murder.

R.I.P. Jason Mattison Jr.

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