After Family Dispute, Funeral Rescheduled For Atatiana Jefferson
Funeral services for Atatiana Jefferson have been rescheduled to Thursday, according to Jefferson’s family attorney S. Lee Merritt.
The noted civil rights lawyer announced the date via Twitter after a series of inner family disputes prompted the funeral to be moved from Saturday, October 19, to Thursday, October 24. Services will be held at 11 a.m. at the Concord Church in Dallas, Texas.
The family was able to come to a resolution on Monday after appearing in court, The Dallas Morning News reports. The presiding judge placed a gag order on present members so that the details of the agreement would not be publicly discussed or leaked to the press.
Jefferson’s death is added the bloodied stain of police shootings where the large majority of the victims are Black.
Atatiana, 28, was shot to death on October 12 by ex-Forth Worth officer Aaron Dean who fired through her mother’s window without announcing himself. Police were responding to a wellness check from a concerned neighbor who believed the home had been broken into. At the time Atatiana was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew. In totality, Atatiana’s nephew and loved ones are now all victims of police violence. The officer involved in the shooting has been released after posting a $200,000 bond last week.
On October 18 Atatiana’s father Marquis Jefferson was granted a temporary restraining order, granting him “full authority” to make decisions regarding the planning of his daughter’s funeral services. Jefferson felt urged to do so after he claimed to be iced out from the family in regards to making arrangements.
Prior to Friday’s restraining order, one of Atatiana’s aunts claimed that Marquis was not Atatiana’s biological father and never had custody of her, during a press conference aired on live TV.
The Fort Worth and Dallas communities are still reeling over Jefferson’s untimely death, just weeks following the emotional murder verdict of ex-Dallas cop Amber Guyger, who shot and killed Botham Jean, an unarmed Black man, in his apartment last September.