During her work with disadvantaged youngsters in Boston, Dawnn Jaffier, 26, communicated through word and deed that goodness prevails. She was tested sorely in February when one of her students, 9-year-old Janmarcos Pena, was shot and killed. Despite her own grief, Jaffier rallied her students and colleagues to celebrate Pena’s life. Now, Jaffier’s family and her second family at the Boys & Girls Club of Boston must summon the courage to celebrate her life.
Jaffier was shot and killed shortly after 8 a.m. on Saturday while attending a Caribbean-themed parade in Dorchester. She was not the intended target of what appears to be a gang-related shooting. An 18-year-old Dorchester man has been charged with her murder.