Atatiana Jefferson’s Funeral Has Been Postponed
The funeral for Atatiana Jefferson has been postponed due to a family dispute. Her father, Marquis Jefferson, has been granted a temporary order of protection stopping the funeral from happening. It was originally scheduled for October 19th, 2019.
According to NBC News, Jefferson felt he was excluded from the planning of his daughter’s funeral so he wanted it halted. He also said he can afford to pay and that there was no need for celebrities and supporters to set up GoFundMe accounts to pay for her service. Jefferson’s mother Yolanda Carr’s attorney, Lee Merritt said that Philadelphia Eagles player Malik Jackson and former Dallas’s Mavericks star Harrison Barnes and his wife Brittany all volunteered to pay for her funeral.
Merritt said this whole ordeal has been taking a toll on Carr.
“She has been very ill & unable to make media appearances. We worked hard all week to get her prepared to attend her daughter’s funeral. This has been extremely hard on her.”
Jefferson was killed last week by a police officer while playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew. After she heard noises outside, she took a gun out of her purse and pointed to the window and was then fatally shot by Officer Aaron Dean. Dean had been responding to a call from the non-emergency line about an open door to someone’s house. Dean resigned and was later arrested and charged.The Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office is hoping to indict Dean on murder charges.