The father of a black woman shot dead in her home by a white police officer has died a month on from the tragedy.
He said Jefferson died at around 6:30pm on Saturday at the Methodist Charlton Medical Center.
In the days after Atatiana's death, Marquis Jefferson was embroiled in an unusual legal battle over his daughter's funeral.
"Please keep his family in your prayers", Carter said in a statement, "and tonight make sure you hug and tell your loved ones how much you love them".
Officer Aaron Dean fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson on October 28th, 2019 while responding to a call that her door was open late at night.
Atatiana Jefferson's death came just weeks after Amber Guyger, a white Dallas police officer, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting Botham Jean, a black man, in his own home.
On Oct. 12, Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean, 34, shot Atatiana Jefferson through a closed window while she was inside her home and playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew.
According to NBC5, she had grabbed a handgun from her purse after hearing a noise in her backyard and went towards a window. "I don't know what else to say", Carter said. Dean later resigned from the department and has since been charged with murder.
"And that smile? Lord have mercy", Marquis Jefferson said last month in memory of his daughter. He was granted the release and was able to take full control of his daughter's arrangements.
At the time, Marquis Jefferson claimed that he was left out of the funeral planning by other family members, who were also claiming that he was not even Atatiana's biological father.He was able to receive the restraining order after proving he was her father, as indicated on Atatiana's birth certificate. A deal was eventually reached and the funeral was rescheduled.