Published: Mon, November 11, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Father of Atatiana Jefferson dies of heart attack weeks after her killing

Father of Atatiana Jefferson dies of heart attack weeks after her killing

The father of Atatiana Jefferson, who was devastated when his daughter was shot dead by police in her own home in Fort Worth, Texas, has died just weeks after his daughter was killed.

A tactical police unit was dispatched to Jefferson's home.

Marquis Jefferson was interviewed by KTVT-TV after the killing.

A neighbor told media outlets that his niece previously called him to say that Jefferson's front door was open, and the lights in her home were on.

Early in the morning on October 12, Jefferson, 28, was playing video games with her nephew when police arrived at her home.

After his daughter's death, Marquis Jefferson sought a temporary restraining order to gain control over the funeral arrangements from his daughter's aunt. As officers walked around the house in the dark, Jefferson heard a noise in the backyard, pulled out a gun from her purse and pointed it at the window, police said. "He just couldn't get back from what happened with his daughter".

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"Her mother called me yesterday morning". Body camera footage from police showed two officers checked the perimeter of the house before one sees a figure through a window, the Star-Telegram reported. Atatiana was laid to rest on October 24.

"Put your hands up!" Body-worn camera footage shows Dean approach Jefferson's window and open fire nearly before he finishes shouting for Jefferson to put her hands up.

Officer Aaron Dean was forced to resign and is now facing a murder charge for the incident. None of the officers identified themselves upon arrival at the residence. Jean's brother Brandt Jean made headlines by hugging Guyger in court after the sentence was read out.

In the days after Atatiana's death, Marquis Jefferson was embroiled in an unusual legal battle over his daughter's funeral.

The officer was charged with murder in the October 12 shooting death of 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson - a case that has drawn national attention. "I'll never forget that".

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