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Rest In Power: Atatiana Jefferson Is Laid To Rest In Texas
28-year-old Atatiana Koquice Jefferson who was shot and killed by a white police officer in her Fort Worth, Texas home after a neighbor called dispatchers to report the woman's front door was open, police said.

Rest In Power: Atatiana Jefferson Is Laid To Rest In Texas

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By Bruce C.T. Wright

 

 

The funeral for Atatiana Jefferson was taking place Thursday in Dallas, not far from her home in Fort Worth where a police officer shot the 28-year-old in front of her young nephew earlier this month. The homegoing service was held at the Concord Church after Jefferson’s family members resolved a dispute over the funeral’s date and location.

READ MORE: Atatiana Jefferson’s Nephew Is A Victim, Too

Community dignitaries along with local residents attended the funeral, which ended with a procession of white cars being driven to bury Jefferson in her final resting place. Among those in attendance were Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth city councilmembers and interim Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus, the latter of whom reportedly arrived with a large contingency of officers from the department wearing light blue ribbons to honor Jefferson with her favorite color.

Bryan Carter@mrbryanlcarter

Today we lay to rest a young, brilliant and beautiful woman whose life was taken far too soon in her own home by a police officer. This is a totally unacceptable and a tragedy, today we remember her life and tmr we fight for justice!! Pls pray for her family!!

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Jefferson’s mother, who reportedly was not in attendance because she has been hospitalized, shared a letter that mentioned her daughter’s “humble boldness” and was read aloud during the funeral.

Lili Zheng@LiliNBC5

A letter from @RepMaxineWaters is read aloud at the service. The letter is addressed to ’s family, in which Rep. Waters says she is “heartbroken and infuriated” over Jefferson’s death — says she joins other members in Congress who are demanding justice @NBCDFW

Lili Zheng@LiliNBC5

Jefferson’s mom isn’t here — we’ve been told she has been in the hospital. Letter is read, pointing to ’s “humble boldness”.

“You said you were going to change the world. I still have faith you will…I will love you always. Your mother, Yolonda Carr.” @NBCDFW

“You said you were going to change the world. I still have faith you will…I will love you always. Your mother, Yolonda Carr,” the letter said in part.

California Rep. Maxine Waters also reportedly sent to be shared that stated how the Congresswoman was “heartbroken and infuriated” over Jefferson’s killing.

S. Lee Merritt, who is the lawyer for some member of Jefferson’s family, looked to the future in order to find a solution that can prevent anybody from becoming the next victim of preventable police violence. He tweeted about the National Day Of Outrage that was scheduled for Monday and invited participants to “Demand justice for Atatiana Jefferson & the countless Black women killed at the hands of police violence.”

S. Lee Merritt, Esq.@MeritLaw

Today we lay Atatiana Jefferson to rest. Tomorrow we fight to deconstruct the system that took her life. If this is not happening in your city, make it happen. Let’s come together & let the nation no we are not moving on to the next hashtag. We want justice and we demand change.

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Jefferson was killed when police responded to a concerned neighbor’s wellness check for her by shooting her from outside her home into her bedroom window in the early morning of Oct. 12. Aaron Dean was identified as the officer who fired the fatal shot. Jefferson was reportedly shot within four seconds of the officer arriving. Still, Dean was afforded the privilege of avoiding any immediate questioning in the case and resigned nearly three days later before he could be fired. He was arrested and charged with her murder on Oct. 14.

It was in the context of that horrible scenario that Atatiana Jefferson’s funeral was being held nearly two weeks after she was killed.

Rest in power, Queen.

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Dionne Anglin@DAnglinFox4

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Kevin Reece

@KevinReeceWFAA

Mourners gathering at Concord Church for the funeral for Atatiana Jefferson, killed by a Fort Worth Police officer Oct 12th and since arrested for murder. “Today we celebrate her life. Justice comes later.”- Pastor Bryan Carter @wfaa

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Community mourns Fort Worth police shooting victim Atatiana Jefferson at funeral https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/article236563073.html 

Community mourns Fort Worth police shooting victim Atatiana Jefferson at funeral

The funeral for Atatiana Jefferson began Thursday morning at Concord Church in Dallas. Jefferson was shot and killed by Fort Worth, TX police officer Aaron Dean in her home. Dean is charged with…

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Dionne Anglin@DAnglinFox4

State Senator Royce west arriving for a funeral of

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Dionne Anglin@DAnglinFox4

FORT WORTH PD brass arriving at Atatiana Jefferson’s funeral. They’re wearing teal ribbons – her favorite color.

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Lili Zheng@LiliNBC5

Funeral services for are set to begin today at 11am at Concord Baptist Church in Dallas.

Jefferson’s father says Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, interim police chief Ed Kraus, and other officers are invited @NBCDFW https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Friends-and-Family-Will-Gather-To-Remember-Atatiana-Jefferson-563776281.html?akmobile=o 

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Lili Zheng@LiliNBC5

A few dozen @fortworthpd officers are here, including interim chief Ed Kraus. Each are wearing a light blue ribbon. They were told this is favorite one of ’s colors @NBCDFW

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Andrew M. Greenstein

@KRLDAndrewG

Members of the @CityofFortWorth city council, along with City Manager David Cooke, arrive at Concord Church for the funeral of Atatiana Jefferson.

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S. Lee Merritt, Esq.@MeritLaw

Atatiana Carr-Jefferson overcame poverty to be a 1st generation college graduate. She was a caregiver at heart. Moving home to take care of her ailing mother & her nephew Zion as his mom was on the mend— she was doing what she loved to do until the moment she was taken.

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Andrew M. Greenstein

@KRLDAndrewG

.@fortworthpd @chiefkraus arrives at Convord Church for the funeral of Atatiana Jefferson.

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Dionne Anglin@DAnglinFox4

SOMBER DAY- Atatiana Jefferson’s body arrives for her funeral at as church security keeps close watch

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Kevin Reece

@KevinReeceWFAA

Funeral procession now leaving Concord Church carrying the coffin of Atatiana Jefferson, shot and killed by a Fort Worth police officer on October 12th, an officer since fired And arrested on a charge of murder @wfaa

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Dionne Anglin@DAnglinFox4

Procession is leaving carrying the body of

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Lili Zheng@LiliNBC5

Senior pastor of City Temple Seventh-Day Adventist Church says today was about ’s life and the impact she had, but the service also reflected on injustices and the need for change @NBCDFW

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Lili Zheng@LiliNBC5

Cars leave the church en route to the burial. On top of the casket, an arrangement of flowers sit — many are teal/light blue, which we are told was ’s favorite color @NBCDFW

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Lili Zheng@LiliNBC5

Pastor: “The truth of the matter is, many of us are tired. Tired of telling our children about the police, tired of the tearful mothers on TV…tired of hoping the body camera will show what we already know.” @NBCDFW

Lili Zheng@LiliNBC5

Senior pastor of City Temple Seventh-Day Adventist Church says today was about ’s life and the impact she had, but the service also reflected on injustices and the need for change @NBCDFW

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S. Lee Merritt, Esq.@MeritLaw

Nothing can be said to justify us being at the funeral of today. No words can ease the pain of this family or relieve the tension of the community. That requires action. Concrete, effective, specific action to address this culture of rampant police brutality.

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Dionne Anglin@DAnglinFox4

Funeral program is several pages long.

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