‘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.


Sentence Handed Down for Boy Who Killed Brother, a Student at the Hennigan

The older brother of a Hennigan School student pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of the 9-year-old boy. Juanly Pena, now 15, admitted to accidentally firing a .380 handgun into the chest of his younger brother Janmarcos at their Mattapan home on Feb. 7, according to the Boston Herald. The older brother thought the gun wasn't loaded because he removed the magazine, but a bullet remained in the chamber, Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum told the judge in the case, according to video from NECN. Juanly Pena will remain in Department of Youth Services Custody until he is 21 and carry a suspended sentence of three years until he reaches 24.


Boy Shot and Killed By Brother Attended Hennigan

The 9-year-old whose older brother shot and killed him on Friday in Mattapan attended JP's Hennigan School. The brother, 14, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to the Globe. Prosecutors say the older brother wasn't handling the weapon carefully when it fired. The 9-year-old was in the fourth grade at the Heath Street elementary school. The family lives in Mattapan but very near JP, at the corner of Morton and Estella streets.