Parade Shooting Victim Worked at JP-Based Boys & Girls Club

Screen shot from Facebook profile of Dawnn Jaffier


Screen shot from Facebook profile of Dawnn Jaffier

26-year-old Dawnn Jaffier, characterized by police as an “innocent victim” of gunfire at a pre-Caribbean Festival parade, worked with children at the Hennigan School’s Boys & Girls Club.

Jaffier was at the corner of Blue Hill Avenue and Charlotte Street in Dorchester for the J’ouvert Parade Saturday morning, according to the Globe, when shots were fired. Jaffier was taken to Boston Medical Center in critical condition and died there, according to the Herald.

Jaffier, a graduate of UMass-Amherst, joined JP-based Playworks after serving with City Year, according to the Globe. She was a coach at the Boys & Girls Club based out JP’s Hennigan School. In an interview after being named Playworks “Coach of the Month,” she told the story of how she helped one third-grader move from fighting on the playground and failing to do his school work to being a leader during organized play.

This is the second time in a year gun violence has taken the life of someone connected to the Hennigan. In February, 9-year-old Janmarcos Pena, a Hennigan student, was accidentally shot and killed by his older brother.

Police detained three young men who fled the scene of Saturday morning’s shooting. One of them, 18-year-old Keith Williams of Boston, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. Police are still investigating the shooting, which also wounded a woman in the leg. If you have information about the incident, police ask that you call homicide detectives at 617-343-4470.

For more on Jaffier’s life, including words from her father and grandmother, please visit the Globe.