Father Of Atatiana Jefferson Dies After Suffering Heart Attack

Henrietta Brewer
November 11, 2019

The father of a black woman shot dead in her home by a white police officer has died a month on from the tragedy. Police responded after a neighbor of Jefferson's called a non-emergency line and requested a well-being check after noticing her door was ajar and the lights were on.

He died at the Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas, the spokesman said.

Carter told KDFW that Jefferson had been battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and was under a lot of stress in the few weeks since his daughter's death.


She was killed on October 12 while playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew. The Fort Worth officer, Aaron Dean, was charged with murder after resigning from the force.

On October 18, a Dallas County judge granted Marquis Jefferson a temporary restraining order, which gave him the power to make arrangements for his daughter's funeral and burial. Her service took place October 24 after a judge issued a temporary restraining order in her father's favor. Family members said she had made a decision to move into the property in order to look after her ailing mother.

The victim heard noises, pulled her handgun out of her purse and pointed it at a bedroom window, Zion told police. "I mean it's senseless". He was 59-years-old. "Had her whole life in front of her". "He ultimately just succumbed to, I don't know, I can only say a broken heart".


Body camera footage released by police shows an officer with a flashlight walk around the house.

Former Fort Worth Officer Aaron Dean yelled "Put your hands up!" He doesn't identify himself as police, according to the newspaper.

The Dallas Morning News reported that Jefferson was 58 and that the cause of death was a heart attack.


Following the news, Lee Merritt, the Jefferson Family's attorney, issued a statement on behalf of his clients and said that while they were "relieved" with the arrest and charges, there was still work to be done in their community.

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