The award honors the legacy of Dawnn Jaffier who was killed in 2014.
- State's highest court has ordered a new trial for the man prosecutors say touched off the violence that killed Dawnn Jaffier. The court ruled prosecutors did not have enough evidence against Wesson Colas, who was accused of pointing a gun at a rival gang member. That gang member fired back, hitting and killing Dawnn at Boston's Caribbean Festival in 2014.
She had just started a career in service. And today, three people were given Light of Dawnn awards, an annual prize honoring Jaffier's legacy. At this year's recipients are Lela Fulton from Boston Uncornered, who helps get young people out of gangs and into college and well-paying jobs.
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 MA, Easterseals for Massachusetts, works to ensure children and adults with disabilities have equal opportunities.
Jaffier's father had a message for this year's winners.
- 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.
- Three local students also received scholarships for their work in the community.