A candle and bouqet of flowers lay at the corner of Blue Hill Avenue and Charlotte Street in Dorchester where Dawnn Jaffier was shot and killed over the weekend. Nicolaus Czarnecki, Metro
An 18-year-old man was held without bail Monday during an arraignment charging him with the fatal Dorchester parade shooting of a 26-year-old woman who investigators describe as an innocent bystander.
Keith Williams hid from view at Dorchester Municipal Court Monday afternoon, where his defense attorney did not object to the prosecution's request to hold the murder suspect without bail.
At about 8:17 a.m. Saturday, police responded to the sound of gunshots near Blue Hill Avenue and Charlotte Street and found Dawnn Jaffier on the ground with a life-threatening gunshot to the head. She was taken to Boston Medical Center were she was pronounced dead. She had been attending the Jouvert Parade--part of the annual Caribbean Carnival celebration.
Prosecutors said police later caught up with three individuals they saw running from the scene. Two of them were interviewed and released, while Williams, who police said attempted to hide a 357 revolver in a private resident's yard, was arrested and initially charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. His charges were later upgraded to murder.
Investigators said a second woman, 20-year-old Leila Fulton, who was blocks away from where the shots were fired, suffered a minor injury when her leg was grazed by a bullet.
Jaffier's family sat in the front row as Williams was arraigned Monday, wearing sunglasses and appearing distraught. They offered no remarks following the court appearance.
Jaffier was a community partner at the Tobin School in Roxbury and the Hennigan School in Jamaica Plain.
Following her death, Boston Public Schools released a statement saying students called her "Coach Dawnn."
"They looked up to her, and so did we. Dawnn was a loving, generous young woman who made it her mission to improve the lives of others," the statement said.