Detlev Alain Koepke

Detlev Alain Koepke, 58: Philosophy Teacher, Neighborhood Advocate

Detlev Alain Koepke was born on June 23, 1956 at Kandang Kerbau Hospital in Singapore. He spent his early childhood in Munich, Germany and immigrated to the United States at age nine. After graduating from the liberal arts honors program at the University of Texas at age 19, and attending Columbia University’s Ph.D history program on a full scholarship (he obtained a Master’s degree), Detlev moved to Boston in 1983 to attend Harvard Divinity School. In his 30-plus years in Jamaica Plain, Detlev was very active in the local community, in many creative, academic and social justice pursuits. He participated and performed in international folk dancing troupes, sang in the Dedham Choral Society, and formed a number of recorder performance groups.


‘A Loving, Generous Young Woman’

The Boston Public Schools released a statement on the death of Dawnn Jaffier, a 26-year-old BPS graduate who worked at the Boys & Girls Club located at the Hennigan School in JP. She was shot Saturday morning in Dorchester during a parade, apparently an untargeted victim of gunfire. The schools released their statement via Twitter:

"Dawnn Jaffier served in two of our schools - the Tobin K-8 and the Hennigan - as a community partner. We are mourning her loss tonight. Our students called her 'Coach Dawnn.'

Carlos B. Icaza, second from right, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. Here he is seen at the June 2014 meeting of the JP Business & Professional Assoc. at Spontaneous Celebrations.

Carlos B. Icaza, Carpenter and Neighborhood Advocate

Carlos B. Icaza, well-known in JP for his civic work with organizations like the JP Business & Professional Assoc., died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. According to his death notice at, "Born in Hampden, Conn., Carlos was a reader, thinker, writer, adventurer, storyteller and troublemaker." Icaza was a union carpenter and president of Just Small Jobs Inc.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at The Parish of All Saints, 209 Ashmont St., Dorchester.

Rafael Rivera García (1929-2014)

Rafael Rivera García, Painter of Hyde Square Mural, Dies in Puerto Rico

An artist whose Hyde Square mural became a landmark has died at 85. Rafael "Sonny" Rivera García, died Friday in Puerto Rico, according to his son, Boricua Rivera. In 1984, the elder Rivera painted a mural on Perkins Street that honors the Taino culture of what is today Puerto Rico. The mural has since been restored twice and come to be a symbol of Jamaica Plain in general and Hyde-Jackson squares in particular. Sonny Rivera's murals have adorned public spaces in Miami; San Juan and Guanica, Puerto Rico; and New York City.

A sidewalk memorial to "Chino" was put up over the weekend in the area of 195 Boylston St.

Sidewalk Memorial Appears on Boylston

A sidewalk memorial was put up on Boylston Street over the weekend. The memorial bore the words "RIP Chino" and also memorialized Luis "Mata" Troncoso, killed in 2008, Luis "Tito" Torres in October 2010 and Winsizky Soto and Johnnel "Bo" Cruz, both shot in Same Old Place in November 2010. Police had previously linked Troncoso, Torres, Soto and Cruz to the Boylston Street crew infamous for its feud with rival Mozart Street. The new memorial may be linked to the stabbing death of a man on Saturday in East Boston, but that has not been confirmed by police. As of Monday morning, police were not releasing the victim's name.