Published: Mon, November 11, 2019
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Atatiana Jefferson’s Father Has Died Of A Heart Attack

Atatiana Jefferson’s Father Has Died Of A Heart Attack

Marquis Jefferson, father of Atatiana Jefferson, a black woman fatally shot by a white police officer inside her Fort Worth, Texas, home last month, has died.

Her father, Maquis Jefferson, died at a Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas on Saturday night after suffering a heart attack, family spokesman Bruce Carter told the Dallas Morning News. "I don't know what else to say", Carter told the outlet.

Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was killed last month after police went to her home for a welfare check.

Claiming that several of Atatiana's relatives had cut him out of the funeral planning process, the elder Jefferson filed a temporary restraining order to gain control of the funeral plans and her remains.

Carter told KDFW-TV that Marquis Jefferson had been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an inflammatory lung condition that obstructs airflow and makes breathing more hard.

"He was battling to be a part of her life to the end", Carter added on CNN.


"Her mother called me yesterday morning". Jefferson and attorneys for his daughter's relatives ultimately reached a confidential agreement and Atatiana's funeral was rescheduled and held October 24.

Jefferson's nephew later told investigators that his aunt "heard noises coming from outside" as the two were playing video games and "took her handgun from her purse" before she was shot through the window. My daughter was 28 years old.

Dean has since been fired from the Fort Worth police force and charged with murder.

Body camera footage released by police shows an officer with a flashlight walk around the house.

Atatiana Jefferson's death came just weeks after Amber Guyger, a white Dallas police officer, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting Botham Jean, a black man, in his own home. "I'll never forget that".

His daughter, 28-year-old Atatiana, was killed by now-former police officer Dean Aaron during a welfare check on October 12.

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