Discussion in 'News - Breaking News & Political Forum' started by Jmartjrmd, Oct 12, 2019.
Atatiana's dad has delayed her funeral. Messy.
Atatiana Jefferson's dad stopped her funeral so he could be involved. He goes before a judge Monday
Why do you say messy?
Because a family member has to go to court over a funeral.
I’ll bet that this is about money. It is not normal to delay a funeral to argue over the details.
Was the dad not in his daughter's life or something? I am confused. Why wasn' t he involved from the beginning with the funeral arrangements?
Her father died like Erica Garner after her dad and Kalief Browder's mom. This story was way too much since it broke for me.
Father of Atatiana Jefferson dies of heart attack, family spokesperson says
Charles Ventura, USA TODAY,USA TODAY 4 hours ago
Ex-Fort Worth cop Aaron Dean charged with murder after shooting a black woman in her home
The father of Atatiana Jefferson, the black woman who was fatally shot by a Fort Worth police officer in her home while she played video games with her 8-year-old nephew, died of a heart attack Saturday, according to a family spokesperson.
Marquis Jefferson died Saturday at Charlton Methodist Hospital in Dallas, spokesman Bruce Carter told USA TODAY. He was 59.
"Please keep his family in your prayers and tonight make sure you hug and tell your loved ones how much you love them," Carter said in a statement.
Who was Atatiana 'Tay' Jefferson?: Fort Worth woman killed by cop represented 'honor, integrity'
Aaron Dean, a white police officer, shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson, 28, while responding to a neighbor's call that her door was open late at night. Dean was charged with murder after resigning from the force.
Following his daughter’s death, Marquis Jefferson sought a temporary restraining order to gain control over the funeral arrangements from his daughter’s aunt. A deal was eventually reached and the funeral was rescheduled.
Fort Worth police chief: 'No excuse' for Aaron Dean to shoot Atatiana Jefferson in her home
Contributing: Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Atatiana Jefferson's father dies of heart attack, spokesman says.
See this is my problem with Racist Attitudes and this so-called "unconscious bias" stuff.
All of it creates a ripple effect that affects GENERATIONS! I feel for the family, and I hope the adults, the nephew & other children closely related to the decedents get the emotional counseling they will need.
This is too much!
Former officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson in her home indicted for murder
Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was killed in her Fort Worth home in October.
A former police officer who fatally shot a Fort Worth, Texas, woman in her home was indicted for murder on Friday, the district attorney's office confirmed to ABC News.
Fort Worth officer Aaron Dean, who is white, was answering a call for a welfare check when he shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson, who is black, in the middle of the night on Oct. 12.
Dean, 35, was arrested on murder charges two days after the shooting. He had resigned from the police department hours before his arrest and just before he was about to be fired for allegedly violating multiple department policies, Fort Worth Chief of Police Ed Kraus said.
This undated photo provided by the Tarrant County Jail shows Aaron Dean, the Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed a black woman through a back window of her home while responding to a call about an open front door.
Tarrant County Jail via AP
Attorney Lee Merritt, who is representing Jefferson's family, called the indictment a "major step" and said it's providing "a great deal of relief" for her family.
"What we are holding out for is a vigorous prosecution and an appropriate sentence," Merritt said at a news conference Friday.
FILE - The father of Atatiana Jefferson suffered a heart attack and died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at a Dallas hospital. (Jefferson's family via AP, File)AP
"We are guarded in our optimism," Merritt said.
Merritt said he hopes the Tarrant County district attorney considers bringing in a special prosecutor for the case.
Dean's attorney did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.
ABC News' Bonnie Mclean contributed to this report.
Very sad. I'm praying for the Jefferson family. They've been through so much over the past few months.
My heart breaks for this family. One hit after another and another.
oh wow... prayers, esp for the children. This is awful
Family Speaks for First time After Death of Mother Dies of Atatiana Jefferson’s Mother
Yolanda Carr died on Thursday morning, months after her daughter was shot and killed by a police officer.
Published January 9, 2020
Jefferson Family Photo |Atatiana Jefferson
Yolanda Carr's daughters are speaking out for the first time since her death on Thursday.
Carr is the mother of Atatiana Jefferson, a woman who was fatally shot by a Fort Worth police officer in October.
Yolanda Carr passed away Thursday morning in the Fort Worth home where a city officer shot her daughter, according to lawyer Lee Merritt. He said she had been hospitalized for weeks due to congestive heart failure, which she was struggling with even before Atatiana's death.
"We hoped she would pull through," said Merritt,. "It cannot be underplayed the role Atatiana's death had on Yolanda's health."
While the official cause of death hasn't been determined by the medical examiner, the family said Friday they presume it was due to her ailing health.
"She was devastated, she went into the bedroom every day where my sister was assassinated. She watched the videos to YouTube. We tried to keep the news off but she always found a way to get a link. She was devastated," said Carr's daughter, Amber Carr.
Carr's other daughter, Ashley Carr, spoke about the pain her mother endured in her final months
"That was her child, she was a mama bear to the children," she said. "She wanted to make sure that it was all taken care of and that was her whole thing was to make sure that we could get justice for my sister's death."
Jefferson, 28, had recently moved into her mother's home to care for her when she was shot through a window by Officer Aaron Dean. Carr was hospitalized when her daughter was killed and had been missing a "critical" caregiver since, Merritt said.
Adding to the heartbreak, Jefferson's father -- Marquis Jefferson -- passed away just two weeks after his daughter's funeral.
"They've been reeling from one tragedy to the next," Merritt said of the family.
Dean, now 35, shot Jefferson through a back window after responding to an early morning call about an open front door. On body camera footage of the call he cannot be heard identifying himself as police before firing into the house.
He resigned in the days after the shooting and has been charged with murder. A trial date has not been set.