The father of Atatiana Jefferson, a Texas woman who was fatally shot by a white Fort Worth police officer last month, has died, according to multiple reports.
Marquis Jefferson, 58, suffered a heart attack and died at Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, family spokesman Bruce Carter told NBC 5.
“It’s just sad because of grief. I don’t know what else to say,” Carter said. “Less than a month ago, he was working at El Centro, mentoring kids twice a week. He just couldn’t get back from what happened with his daughter.”
His daughter, 28-year-old Atatiana, was killed by now-former police officer Dean Aaron during a welfare check on Oct. 12. A concerned neighbor had contacted police after seeing the door to Jefferson’s home was open. She had been playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew for several hours prior to cops’ arrival.
After Aaron and his partner circled the perimeter of Jefferson’s home, she grabbed a handgun from her purse after hearing a noise. That’s when Aaron fired the fatal round.
Following the shooting, Marquis filed a restraining order to delay his daughter’s funeral due to a family dispute. He was granted the release and was able to take full control of his daughter’s arrangements. Atatiana was laid to rest on Oct. 24.
Aaron resigned from the Fort Worth Police Department mere days after the shooting and was subsequently charged with murder.
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