Justice Served: Two Individuals Found Guilty in Connection to the Shooting Death of Dawnn Jaffier


Wesson Colas and Keith Williams will both be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole after a Suffolk Superior Court jury today, Thursday, December 28, 2017, convicted both men of First Degree Murder in the shooting death of 26-year-old Dawnn Jaffier. It was approximately 8:17am, on a summer morning in late August of 2014 when the 26-year-old Dawnn Jaffier was walking with friends, enjoying the annual J'Ouvert Parade on Blue Hill Avenue when an errant gunshot would bring her promising young life to a senseless, cruel end caught in the crossfire between two rivals who cared more about settling a score than the potential hurt and harm posed to anyone in the area at the time of the shooting. Described by family members as a beautiful person with a beautiful heart who was always giving to the community, Dawnn Jaffier will forever be missed by those who knew and loved her.

Said Commissioner William Evans: "I am grateful to see justice served in the senseless and tragic shooting death of Dawnn Jaffier. While there is nothing we can do or say to lessen the pain felt by those who knew and loved her best, it is my sincere hope that today's convictions will provide for her family and friends some small measure of comfort and closure. I also want to thank and commend my Homicide detectives for their focus, dedication and devotion to securing justice for Dawnn and her family. A lot of hard work and long hours went into this case to make certain that those responsible for her death would be held accountable for their actions. Thanks to today's convictions, those responsible will no longer be in a position to hurt or harm anyone else in our community."

UPDATE: Suspect Charged in Death Investigation in the Area of Charlotte Street & Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester


Two days after the shooting death of 26-year-old Dawnn Jaffier of Boston, today, Monday, August 25, 2014, Mayor Martin Walsh, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans along with Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley and members of the Boston Police Homicide Unit announced charges against 18-year-old Keith Williams of Boston for Murder. 

Said Commissioner Evans, “Our condolences are with the Jaffier family. Words can not adequately express our sadness at the loss of Dawnn Jaffier, and it is our sincere hope that this arrest brings with it a small level of comfort for the Jaffier family.”

Said Mayor Walsh, “The violence has to stop. Efforts to stem the violence by taking guns off our streets will continue, and we will work even harder to make our city an even safer place in memory of Dawnn Jaffier.” 

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley called on community members to continue to aid and assist the investigation, “We know there are others out there with information that could be extremely helpful with this investigation. Please come forward. We still need witnesses to come forward. Once again the city of Boston has lost a young, vibrant, promising life.”

At about 8:17am on Saturday, August 23, 2014, Boston police officers assigned to the J’Ouvert Parade heard and responded to the sound of gunshots in the area of Charlotte Street & Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester on District B-3 (Mattapan). Officers promptly located and observed a female victim, believed to be in her early twenties, suffering from what appeared to be life-threatening gunshot wounds. The victim, Dawnn Jaffier, 26, of Boston, was transported to the Boston Medical Center where she was later pronounced deceased. 

Three individuals observed running from the shooting scene were detained and questioned in connection to the incident. Of the three, two were interviewed and released while a third individual, Keith Williams, 18, of Boston, was arrested and charged with the Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and the Unlawful Possession of Ammunition. Williams has been additionally charged with Murder. 

The Boston Police Homicide Unit continues to actively investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Homicide detectives at (617) 343-4470. 

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip at 1(800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of those who wish to help this investigation anonymously.