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

FILE- The father of Atatiana Jefferson suffered a heart attack and died Saturday Nov. 9 2019 at a Dallas hospital

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.

Atatiana Jefferson was shot in her home by a white officer, who quickly resigned and was charged with murder in what is likely to serve as a stress test of relations between law enforcement and the black community in the region.

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

"Please keep his family in your prayers", Carter said in a statement, "and tonight make sure you hug and tell your loved ones how much you love them". "He just couldn't get back from what happened with his daughter".

After his daughter's death, Marquis Jefferson sought a temporary restraining order to gain control over the funeral arrangements from his daughter's aunt.


Marquis Jefferson reportedly succumbed to cardiac arrest in his home on November 9, 2019.

The 28-year-old Jefferson was killed last month after Fort Worth police went to her home for a welfare check.

"He was battling to be a part of her life to the end", Carter told CNN on Sunday. Family members said she had made a decision to move into the property in order to look after her ailing mother. Jefferson and attorneys for his daughter's relatives ultimately reached a confidential agreement and Atatiana's funeral was rescheduled and held October 24. My daughter was 28 years old.

After Aaron and his partner circled the perimeter of Jefferson's home, she grabbed a handgun from her purse after hearing a noise.

Dean has since been fired from the Fort Worth police force and charged with murder. A neighbor called authorities to report that Atatiana's front door was open. Body camera footage released by the Fort Worth Police Department also appears to confirm that Dean did not identify himself as police before he shot.

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