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February 11, 2014

Family and friends remember murder victim

It ‘s been a rough several days for the Jaffke family who tragically lost their son, brother and friend while he was delivering a pizza on Indianapolis’ south side last week.

Thirty-year-old Daniel Jaffke, a delivery driver for Papa John’s, was shot to death while delivering a pizza to a southside neighborhood on Jan. 31.

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the incident occurred in the 4100 block of Continental Court, near East Street and Hanna Avenue, just after 7 p.m.

Jaffke’s family and friends are left reeling and trying to make sense of what happened.

“Daniel worked two jobs. Papa John’s was his second job to make a little extra money,” his sister, Julie Ritter, said. “The detectives have said that he was shot in the back and they believe that he was trying to get away and that he probably was being robbed … He was walking to his car when he was shot.”

Jaffke’s Jeep Cherokee was also stolen in the incident and was later found about three miles away. Ritter noted that at the time of his death, Jaffke had only $100 on him.

“It’s heartbreaking to know that he would die over $100,” she said. “He was found about 20 minutes later when the people who ordered the pizza took their pizza box out to the trash. They are not suspects.”

So, while the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department continues to search for the shooter, his friends and family have been left grieving.

“Daniel was talented, well-loved by his friends and family, and generous,” Ritter said. “Our dad (Thomas Jaffke) taught him how to play the guitar around the age of 10. Dad told me that ‘in no time, Daniel surpassed my day’s skill.’ They tried to play together sometimes for fun at home, but my dad just couldn’t keep up.”

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