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Teen charged with murder in Massachusetts parade shooting

Dawnn Jaffier in an undated photo. CBS Boston

BOSTON - An 18-year-old is charged with murder in the shooting death of a young woman in Boston over the weekend, reports CBS Boston.

Keith Williams was originally charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after 26-year-old Dawnn Jaffier was shot Saturday morning while marching at a parade in Dorchester, Mass., according to the station. The victim was taken to Boston Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead. Another woman was also injured in the shooting.

The station reports Williams was arraigned in Dorchester Municipal Court on Monday afternoon on murder and gun charges, as well as assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Police said they do not think Jaffier was the shooter's intended target.

The gun, a .357 revolver, was recovered at the scene.

Boston Police Chief of Investigative Services Robert Merner called Jaffier "an innocent victim" of the shooting.

The woman's father, Ian, called the shooting a "senseless crime."

"I am going to have to end up burying [my daughter] because someone shot her in the head," Ian Jaffier said, according to CBS Boston.

The parade was associated with Dorchester's annual Caribbean festival.

Police said the other victim, a woman in her 20s, was about a block away from Jaffier when she, too, was likely struck by an errant bullet. She was taken to Carney Hospital with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Jaffier was a Brighton, Mass., resident who worked at an elementary school in the Boston school district as well as at a Boys & Girls Club. Friends and co-workers said Jaffier was dedicated to serving the city's children and teenagers.

Williams is being held without bail.

  • Crimesider Staff

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