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

A mourner pays respects before the start of the funeral service for Atatiana Jefferson on Oct. 24 2019 at Concord Church in Dallas Texas

The father of a black woman fatally shot by a white police officer inside her Fort Worth, Texas, home has died.

Jefferson had been up late playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew, her family has said.

Marquis Jefferson suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to the hospital Friday night, November 8, Carter said. "He just never recovered from the grieving process".

Marquis Jefferson, 58, suffered a heart attack and died at Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, family spokesman Bruce Carter told NBC 5.

"He was battling to be a part of her life to the end". "I think it just got the best of him".

Marquis Jefferson said last month that his daughter, whom he affectionately called "Tay", was the personification of "love".

He said he has no anger toward the neighbor who called a non-emergency line for a welfare check when he saw her door open, "I have nothing against the neighbor".

Jefferson's father was referencing the hugs at Amber Guyger's murder trial, who was found convicted of murdering Botham Jean in his own home on September 6, 2018. The funeral took place on October 24. Body camera footage from police showed two officers checked the perimeter of the house before one sees a figure through a window, the Star-Telegram reported.

Former Fort Worth Officer Aaron Dean yelled "Put your hands up!"

Democratic candidate for President Julián Castro tweeted that Marquis Jefferson's death "is a reminder that the victims of police violence also include the families of those killed".

Since the unfortunate death of his daughter Atatiana Jefferson, the officer who fired the shot was forced to resign and is facing a murder charge. 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.

Jefferson's parents spoke with CBS News about their daughter's unprovoked slaying and her father, Marquis Jefferson, condemned the police department and emphatically stated, "unlike Botham Jean, I don't want no hug". He doesn't identify himself as police, according to the newspaper.



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