File Photo: Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley, left, at an Aug. 25, 2014 press conference at Boston Police Headquarters.

Murder Charge Made in Death of Woman Who Worked With Children in JP

Prosecutors added a murder charge to gun charges already filed in the killing of Dawnn Jaffier. The 26-year-old woman, who worked at JP's Hennigan School as part of the Boys & Girls Club, died after being shot Saturday at a parade in Dorchester. On Monday, officials charged Keith Williams, 18, of Boston, with her shooting death. Jaffier was struck in the head, her father told media. She was at the corner of Blue Hill Avenue and Charlotte Street watching the J'ouvert Parade, which is part of the day-long Caribbean Carnival.


‘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.'

Screen shot from Facebook profile of Dawnn Jaffier

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

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.