Father of black woman killed by white Texas officer dies

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

Marquis Jefferson, the father of Atatiana Jefferson, died Saturday, Nov. 9 at the age 59.

The father of Atatiana Jefferson died not even a month after his black daughter was shot and killed by a white police officer in her Texas home.

Merritt said that Jefferson was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew before she was killed.

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.

Dean shone his flashlight into the window, said 'Put your hands up, show me your hands, ' and fired a split second later, without identifying himself as police, bodycam video showed.

"He ultimately just succumbed to, I don't know, I can only say a broken heart", family spokesman Bruce Carter told CNN.

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"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".

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. Jefferson and attorneys for his daughter's relatives ultimately reached a confidential agreement and Atatiana's funeral was rescheduled and held October 24.

"Her mother called me yesterday morning". Carter said Jefferson was battling Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which makes breathing hard.

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 resigned from the police force and has been charged with murder.

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.

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