GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) – Family and friends are honoring a local musician who was shot to death while delivering pizza.
Services for Daniel Jaffke started Friday afternoon, and none of that might have been possible without the support of a generous community.
Jaffke had a full time job outside of delivering pizza.
His life insurance policy was set to kick in on February 1, but five hours before that day began, he was killed.
The outpouring of support has helped those close to him not only grieve, but properly lay him to rest.
It’s been one of the toughest weeks ever for Julie Ritter. Seven days earlier, her brother Daniel Jaffke, known for his passion for music and performing, was making a pizza delivery at a south side apartment complex. It was the last time anyone saw him alive.
“It’s hard to hear when you hear tragedies but when it’s your brother they’re talking about, it’s really hard,” she said.
The difficulties only continued. Jaffke’s family needed $13,000 dollars to pay for his funeral costs.
“It was frustrating knowing his life insurance policy was so close,” she said. “So we knew we had to pull together as a family to pay for the funeral.”
Little did they know, their family was much larger thanks to the many Jaffke touched.
Emily Pennington, a close friend of his, created a fundraising page to help cover the costs.
“I don’t want to expect too much so we put $2000 and it got to that in less than I think it was four hours,” Pennington said.
And within four days, $2,000 grew to $13,000 and beyond. More than 300 friends, relatives, and complete strangers gave in amounts his family never imagined.
“This is my chance to say thank you and not just to that person but to everybody that donated from five dollars all the way up to $500,” said Ritter.
“It says a lot about I think Indianapolis and the music scene and a lot about Daniel’s life and how many people he touched,” said Pennington.
Ritter was more than thankful for all the help, but she did have one last request for her friends and our viewers.
“Whenever you have pizza delivered, Chinese food delivered to your house, promise me as my friend that you will watch and make sure that that delivery person gets back to that car safely, because you can make a difference,” she pleaded.
Friday evening, the fundraiser total sat at $14,535. Since the amount is more than the goal, any extra money will go towards a reward to help find the killer.
As for the investigation, police continue to follow up leads and stress that they really need the public’s help on this case.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS.