Joni Spade, Mother of Shooting Victim Dies

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 6/24/2013 5:41 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- We brought you the story of her battle with the legal system after her son was shot and killed in downtown Reno. Now,  just shy of two years after that shooting, we've learned that Joni Spade has died.
  Friends tell News 4 that Spade died over the weekend of natural causes.

Spade's son, Michael Boyle, was gunned down at point blank range by a friend of his, Matthew Mahaffey, outside the Freighthouse District in July of 2011.

Mahaffey was an Iraq War veteran and it was never completely clear why he fired at Boyle. 

  Seven months after the shooting police still had not arrested Mahaffey, even though they knew he had pulled the trigger.
After News 4 got involved and started questioning police and the district attorney's office, Mahaffey was arrested. He eventually pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and is currently serving several months in the Washoe County Jail.
Friends of Joni Spade say she was never able to overcome the loss of her son.  She died at the age of 51. 

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nubgnngs42 - 6/26/2013 9:26 AM
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She died of a broken heart. From a court system that is useless and fails to do it's job. You have "judges" like Tatro in Carson City that has no law training, schooling or experience making important decisions of law with no knowledge of what they're doing.

Tahoeskibum - 6/25/2013 6:41 AM
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Is Matthew Mahaffy the son of Reno Ph.D Martha Mahaffy and the former DA named Mahaffy?

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