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Father of Atatiana Jefferson Dies of Heart Attack After Daughter Killed by Police

HeadlineNov 12, 2019

In Texas, the father of Atatiana Jefferson has died, less than one month after a police officer killed his 28-year-old daughter by shooting through the bedroom window of her own home, in a case that sparked national protests over the treatment of African-American women at the hands of police. On Saturday, Atatiana’s father, Marquis Jefferson, died after suffering a heart attack. The family spokesman said, “I can only sum it up as a broken heart.” Atatiana was his only child. She was killed exactly one month ago, on October 12, by white police officer Aaron Dean, who was responding to a non-emergency “wellness check” called for by a neighbor who noticed Atatiana had left her front door open. Dean has been charged with murder.

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