Brittany Houston stood outside of Children's Hospital, where her 23-month-old boy had been fighting for his life the past 11 days, pushed up the sleeve of her sweatshirt and showed a blue stamp of Hiram's footprint on her forearm.
"This is how I have to remember my baby because somebody started shooting," she said.
Houston had the boy's handprint on her cheek earlier, but it was badly smudged, likely from the tears that had poured down her face all day.
"I just want to thank everybody for all the prayers ... he fought for 11 days. I don't want no violence. This shooting needs to end," she said.
Less than two weeks after Hiram Lawrence Jr. was shot in the head, doctors agreed Friday that he had no brain function and removed him from life support. He was declared dead at 3:05 p.m. Friday, said the Rev. Roosevelt Taylor, the family's pastor at Tower of Faith.
Hiram Lawrence Sr., the boy's father, was holding his son in the parking lot of State Market Liquor store at 7th and Willow streets in West Oakland, where a rap music video was being filmed, shortly after 6 p.m. Nov. 28 when someone sprayed the lot with at least 50 bullets.
The father was hit in the hand, and five others were wounded, including a 16-year-old boy and a 24-year-old woman, who remain hospitalized in critical but stable condition.
Over the past week, the family has questioned whether the baby was brain-dead. Last Friday, the boy's family released a statement saying they had come to a "crossroads" with doctors and were unable to agree on care for Hiram.
They retained Oakland attorney Ivan Golde and sought patients' rights advocates. They also brought in the child's own pediatrician, who agreed with hospital doctors: The child was indeed brain-dead, Golde said.
At 2 p.m. Friday, the child was moved from the intensive care unit to the hospital's second floor, where a final brain test was done; he was then removed from life support, Taylor said.
"I don't want anybody else to go through what I'm going through. We need to end this violence," said his mother, flanked by the boy's father and a dozen other relatives and friends. "Hiram had a lot of people behind him. Hiram was a fighter, everybody loved Hiram."
The boy's father did not speak to the media. Throughout Friday afternoon, dozens of people stood outside Children's Hospital, crying, hugging, releasing balloons and clutching stuffed animals, brought down from the boy's bedside. As the day ticked on, they also brought out blankets, more stuffed toys and an adult-sized pillow, its white case signed with condolences and imprinted with the blue stamp of the boy's foot.
Services will be announced in the next several days.
Meanwhile, police have not announced any new information in the investigation. No one has been arrested in connection with the shooting, but five "persons of interest" were arrested last week on unrelated charges after they were detained for questioning about the shooting. Police say the shooting stemmed from a longtime feud between two West Oakland gangs.
While Hiram's mother called for an end to the violence, Oakland police were beefing up patrols around the Acorn housing projects, between 10th and 8th streets, and the Lower Bottoms neighborhood, which is bordered by Mandela Parkway to the east, 7th Street to the south, West Grand Avenue to the north and the former Oakland Army Base to the west.
Hiram is the second small child to be fatally wounded by gun violence in Oakland this year.
Carlos "Carlito" Nava was shot in the neck on International Boulevard on Aug. 8 while out with his parents. He later died at Children's Hospital. Two men were later arrested and charged with the killing.