Father of black woman killed by white Texas officer dies

Grant Boone
November 11, 2019

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.

Family spokesperson, Bruce Carter, said that Jefferson suffered a heart attack and died around 6:30 p.m. Saturday night at the Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas.

Marquis Jefferson suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to the hospital Friday night, November 8, Carter said.

She was watching her eight-year-old nephew on October 12, when a neighbor called the police to perform a wellness check because her front door was open at 2 a.m.

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.

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Carter told NBC5 that Jefferson "just couldn't get back from what happened with his daughter". "I think it just got the best of him".

Besides experiencing the pain of losing his daughter, Jefferson had filed for a temporary restraining order to gain control over Atatiana's funeral arrangements from her aunt, Bonita Body, because he felt he didn't have enough input. Family members said she had chose to move into the property in order to look after her ailing mother. "She say, 'Tay was shot, '" he told KTVT-TV the day after the shooting. "I mean it's senseless. Had her whole life in front of her". She had been playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew for several hours prior to cops' arrival.

The victim heard noises, pulled her handgun out of her purse and pointed it at a bedroom window, Zion told police. Aaron Dean, who has since resigned from the Fort Worth Police Department, faces a murder charge in her death. "That's my one and only daughter", adding, "I'll never forget that".

Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was shot and killed by a police officer while she was in her own home with her nephew on October 12, 2019.

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