Slain delivery driver’s family finds closure

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The man accused of killing a pizza delivery driver was found guilty just one day after another was robbed.

The most recent crime happened late Tuesday. An IMPD police report states the Dominoes’ delivery driver was attacked by two people who she thought were customers.

Earlier this year, another Indianapolis driver didn’t have a chance to fight back.

30-year-old Daniel Jaffke was making a pizza delivery on the south side of Indianapolis when he was robbed and shot to death.

Wednesday evening, the man accused of killing him, Shawn Wilson, was convicted of the crime.

“I think that Indianapolis is a little bit safer today because they’ve got this one off the street,” said Donna Jaffke, Daniel’s mother.

After months of grieving, a three day trial and hours of deliberation, Shawn Wilson, the man accused of killing Daniel, was found guilty of all charges.

Police said Wilson shot Jaffke just as he finished dropping off food. Wilson then stole his money and SUV before getting arrested a few weeks later.

The verdict brought a tearful but happy conclusion to what’s been a tough week for Daniel’s family.

“When the trial started, all of it came back. And now I feel some sense relief,” said Mary Fate Manning, Daniel’s sister.

“My granddaughter kind of sized it up on a Facebook post today. She said she just wishes at the end of all this that we would get Daniel back but that’s not going to happen,” said Daniel’s mother.

Accepting Daniel’s death is a process his family continues to go through.

It’s why they’re trying to focus on the good memories of Daniel the musician, brother, and son.

“A lot of it’s painful and a lot of it makes you laugh, smile, I miss him. I miss him so bad,” she said with tears in her eyes.

“My brother lived with me so there’s a giant hole in my house and you know his room is still there,” added manning.

The final step in the trial will come later this month, when Wilson is sentenced. But even then, Jaffke’s mother worries full closure might never happen.

“I think justice would only be served if I got Daniel back so I don’t think there’s any really justice, not true justice,” she said,

The four charges Wilson was found guilty of include murder, felony murder, robbery, and possession of a handgun without a license. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 29. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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