Atatiana Jefferson's Father Passes Away from Heart Attack

Marquis Jefferson 58 and his daughter Atatiana Jefferson 28

The father of a black woman fatally shot by a white police officer inside her Fort Worth, Texas, home has died.

The family's attorney, Lee Merritt, said at the time that the doors of the house were open so a cool breeze would enter the house while Atatiana, who was known as "Tay", played video games with her eight-year-old nephew, Zion.

Marquis Jefferson suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to the hospital Friday night, November 8, Carter said.

Carter said the 58-year-old Jefferson "died of a broken heart", CBS Dallas Fort / Worth reported. "He just never recovered from the grieving process".

According to USA Today, Marquis Jefferson died of a heart attack at Charlton Methodist Hospital yesterday (Nov. 9).

Marquis Jefferson made headlines in the weeks following his daughter's death as he sought a temporary restraining order to gain control over her funeral arrangements from his daughter's aunt.

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"He was battling to be a part of her life to the end", Carter added on CNN. "I think it just got the best of him", Carter said. She was watching her eight-year-old nephew on October 12, when a neighbor called the police to perform a wellness check because her front door was open at 2 a.m.

Body-camera footage, released by the police and shared by multiple outlets, showed two officers walking around the side of the house as one officer approached a closed first-floor window with a flashlight. Atatiana was laid to rest on October 24.

"Put your hands up!"

Democratic candidate for President Julián Castro tweeted that Marquis Jefferson's death "is a reminder that the victims of police violence also include the families of those killed".

The officer who was charged, Aaron Dean, resigned from the force after his arrest. And when Officer Aaron Dean saw her in a back window, he immediately ordered her to show her hands and quickly fired his weapon, killing her instantly.

Neither of the officers had identified themselves as police.

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