Yolanda Carr, Mother of Atatiana Jefferson, Dies in Texas

HeadlineJan 10, 2020

In Texas, Yolanda Carr has died. She was the mother of Atatiana Jefferson, the African-American woman who was killed by a white police officer in October. Carr had been fighting illness at the time of her daughter’s death, and Atatiana Jefferson — known to family members as Tay — had been her caretaker. Former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean shot Jefferson through her bedroom window while responding to non-emergency wellness check called for by a neighbor who saw Atatiana’s front door had been left open. Dean never identified himself as a police officer. Atatiana’s father also died in November of a heart attack, less than one month after his daughter’s death.

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