Community Service Award Honors Dawnn Jaffier

Dawnn Jaffier, a young woman beginning a career of service, was killed in 2014.

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- In her honor. Today, three people were honored for their work in the community as part of a remembrance of Dawnn Jaffier. Dawnn Jaffier was the young woman who was shot and killed at Boston's Caribbean Festival in 2014.

- Her legacy is one of giving. And today's awards were presented, even as prosecutors were making a decision about how to seek justice for her death. WBZ's Paula Evans joins us now in studio, and Paula, this is hard for her family. The state's highest court threw out the conviction of a man who was implicated in her death.

PAULA EVANS: Lisa and David, Wesson Colas was accused of pointing a gun at a rival gang member who returned fire and shot Dawnn Jaffier. The court ruled prosecutors did not have enough evidence to convict him. And today, District Attorney Rachel Rollins said her office is now considering whether to prosecute him again. She'll talk with Jaffier's family first. They're focused on their daughter's legacy.

Dawn Jaffier had just started a career in service when she was killed. That's why her family launched The Light of Dawnn awards. This year's recipients were Lealah Fulton, from Boston Uncornered, which helps get young people out of gangs. Angel Nazario works with the South Middlesex Opportunity Council to improve the quality of life of low income and disadvantaged families, and Patrick Remy, from Easterseals Massachusetts, works to ensure that children and adults with disabilities have equal opportunities. Jaffier's father had a message for this year's winners.

IAN JAFFIER, SR.: Again, congratulations to all nominated and all award winners. You are using your gift of leadership to make a difference in the lives of others and making your friends and family very, very proud. Thank you, everyone for continuing to honor my daughter's legacy. May God bless you all.

PAULA EVANS: The three local students also received scholarships for their work in the community. David and Lisa.

- Paula, thank you. And so many people who do good work in our community do it as a way of honoring Dawnn's memory.

- And you can see just how proud her parents are, the fact that this award is in her name, but you can also see the pain on their face still.