Family: Slain driver's passion was music

INDIANAPOLIS - Daniel Jaffke was the second pizza delivery driver killed in Indianapolis this year, and one of three homicides in less than 12 hours over the weekend. Now, his family and friends are asking people to see beyond the statistic to the man they say was a talented musician, a son and a best friend.

"I'm at a loss for words, honestly," said Jaffke's friend Amanda Coppes. "He was a son, a brother, a best friend to a lot of people."

Friends say the 30-year-old Indianapolis native was one of a kind.

"He was a brother to a lot of people … more than he knew," Coppes said. "He was a very talented musician and a hard worker working multiple jobs."

Recently, his family says, Jaffke took on a part-time job with Papa John's delivering pizzas.

He was leaving a delivery on the 4100 block of Continental Court on the south side when IMPD investigators say someone robbed, shot and killed him.

"It's awful, and it's someone's life we're dealing with," Coppes said. "These people have careers and their families … they're brothers and they're sisters and they're best friends, and they can make a person's world small or big. It's really awful how someone can just take that away without even blinking."

Jaffke worked as a machinist and computer technician. His true passion though, according to his family, was music.

That music offers at least some small comfort to the ones he's left behind.

"It's kind of heartbreaking right now," said Jaffke's sister Mary Manning. "But it's also nice to know that I'm always going to have his voice. You know, I'm very thankful for that."

Papa John's released a statement on Saturday extending its condolences to Jaffke's family.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of our valued team member who was tragically killed last evening," the statement read. "We continue to work with the authorities during their ongoing investigation, and will continue to keep the safety and security of our team members and customers a top priority."

The pizza chain also tweeted that it was working on making a donation to a fundraiser for Jaffke.

A benefit show for Jaffke's family has been planned for March 14 at the Rock House Café, located at 3940 South Keystone Ave., Indianapolis. Bands confirmed for the show include These City Limits, Summon the Destroyer and Phoenix on the Fault Line. One-hundred percent of door proceeds and 8 percent of bar sales will go to Jaffke's immediately family.

For more information about the Daniel Jaffke Memorial Show, visit the Facebook page here:

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