Daniel Jaffke’s family had their strength tested once again outside a courtroom in the City County Building.
“We’re stronger than we’ve ever been for sure…stronger than we’ve ever been…thank god for that,” said family member Diana Line.
Jaffke was shot and killed last month while delivering a pizza at a southside apartment complex on January 31st. Besides his delivery job, Jaffke was also well-known as a vocalist and guitarist in several local bands. The man accused of killing him, 27-year old Shawn Wilson, was arrested earlier this month at a home that also contained evidence of drug use and gang involvement. He appeared in court for his initial hearing in front of the victim’s family. Daniel’s father credited his daughters for helping him through his ordeal.
“These girls have carried us. They really have. I’m proud of them we’re really proud of them,” said Tom Jaffke.
Wilson’s family also appeared at the hearing. But they left with no comment and in tears over the sight of their loved one in front of a judge charged with murder. They got no sympathy from the Jaffke’s.
“What really got me is that this family breaks down and crying. I couldn’t help saying as I left…at least,” said Donna Jaffke.
Even as they shared their personal grief, Jaffke’s family also shared their thoughts about the questions raised by the killing of pizza delivery driver. For them, it says something about the Indianapolis community.
“People need to be aware and Indianapolis needs to be aware this is not a safe city,” said a grieving mother.