Springfield Residents In Shock After Popular MA Community Organizer Found Shot Dead

Jafet Robles has been named as the Springfield man found shot to death in Szot Park early Monday morning. The well-known community organizer and father of four was 33.

The Hampden District Attorney said Robles was located deceased at about 7:20 a.m. in a grassy area between Abbey Memorial Drive and Bemis Avenue in Springfield, MA. The death is being investigated as a homicide.

Robles’ body was found by Parks and Recreation employees said the Chicopee Police, who are working with Massachusetts State Police to investigating the murder.

Robles worked for Neighbor to Neighbor, a community organizing group in Western Massachusetts that helps working families. He focused on economic justice and improving the lives of children, and he was a mainstay at voter registration drives. Continue reading