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Atatiana Jefferson’s Mother Dies After Illness, Family Attorney Says

Atatiana Jefferson
Jefferson's family via Associated press
Atatiana Jefferson

Atatiana Jefferson’s mother, Yolanda Carr, died in her home early Thursday morning after an illness, according to family attorney Lee Merritt.

“Atatiana was killed by a Fort Worth, TX police officer while serving as the caregiver for Ms. Carr, who had recently taken ill,” Merritt said in a Tweet. “Memorial service details will follow.”

Jefferson, 28, was killed in October 2019 after police went to her home for a welfare check. She was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when she heard officer Aaron Dean outside and went to a window to investigate. Dean shot her through the window. He quickly resigned from the Fort Worth Police Department and is awaiting trial for murder.

Merritt also shared video of Carr making a public statement from her hospital bed the day Dean was indicted.

“I’m so glad that they finally indicted that man on murder, because he murdered my baby,” Carr said in the video. “One step at a time I guess, but at least we know that justice was served and he will be accountable for murder.”

Jefferson’s father, Marquis Jefferson, died after having a heart attack in November. 

After his daughter's death, Marquis Jefferson sought a temporary restraining order to gain control over the funeral arrangements from his daughter's aunt. A deal was eventually reached and the funeral was rescheduled.