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

Atatiana Jefferson’s father dies less than a month after his daughter was shot by a Fort Worth police officer

On October 12th, Atatiana Jefferson was shot and killed by Fort Worth Police Department officer Aaron Dean while playing video games in her own house.

Her father, Maquis Jefferson, died at a Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas on Saturday night after suffering a heart attack, family spokesman Bruce Carter told the Dallas Morning News. I don't know what else to say.

Marquis Jefferson's 28-year-old daughter's death quickly sparked national outrage and strengthened community distrust towards the role of law enforcement in the city.

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.

The Associated Press reported that a local TV station quoted Carter as saying Jefferson "just couldn't get back from what happened with his daughter". "I think it just got the best of him". Family members said she had made a decision to move into the property in order to look after her ailing mother.

After her death, Marquis Jefferson became involved in a dispute with other family members over his daughter's funeral details. Carter said Jefferson was battling Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which makes breathing hard. A deal was eventually reached, and the funeral service took place October 24.

After Aaron and his partner circled the perimeter of Jefferson's home, she grabbed a handgun from her purse after hearing a noise. A neighbor called authorities to report that Atatiana's front door was open.

Dean has since resigned from the police force and has been charged with murder. 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. "I'll never forget that".

Dean shot Jefferson through a window of her home while she played video games with her 8-year-old nephew.

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