Police said they responded to reports of gunfire in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston shortly after 8 a.m. and found Dawnn Jaffier, 26, suffering from gunshot wounds to the head.
Jaffier was participating in Boston’s annual Caribbean Carnival and the Boston Herald reports that the shooting happened about a block from the J’ouvert Parade, which is part of the carnival.
She was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Ian Jaffier, the father of Dawnn, held up a picture of his smiling daughter, “this is my daughter who was 26, who I’m going to have to bury because somebody shot her in the head. If anyone has seen anything or heard anything, come forward and help the Boston police solve this murder.”
“One of our beautiful, productive citizens was lost to a senseless act of violence,” said Deputy Police Chief William Gross.
The police have charged Keith Williams, 18, of Dorchester, Boston with unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the shooting.
According to the Boston Herald, “Jaffier, a University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate, was a native of Brighton and an active member of the community. She graduated from the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science and coached children with the Boys and Girls Club, cops said. She also worked with at-risk children through City Year, and was an Americorps program coordinator with Playworks”.