Video Shows Worship Leader Killed by Dallas Officer Singing in Church Days Before Tragedy

Just days before he was fatally shot inside his apartment near downtown Dallas by officer Amber Guyger, 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean faithfully led the congregation at Dallas West Church of Christ in worship with no idea it would be his last Sunday at the church.

Now a video of Jean singing the lyrics of Holland Davis’ “Let It Rise” during the Sept. 2 service has gone viral, triggering an outpouring of support for his family.

“I had no idea we would be filming this young man’s final church service on last Sunday. We would like to send our prayers to the friends and family & ask God to send peace to those close to him who are mourning at this time,” the production company that recorded the video wrote on their Facebook page on Saturday.

The company, CLJ Productions, also shared a GoFundMe campaign seeking $15,000 to help Jean’s family with travel and burial expenses and it has already exceeded twice the requested amount.

“We are mourning the loss of our brother Botham Jean. He was a great Christian example and an inspiration to us all. We are asking for donations to cover funeral arrangements, his family’s travel expenses, and anything else they may encounter. He will be missed,” the campaign’s organizer, Grant Smith, wrote.

The video, which gives another glimpse of the exemplary life those who knew Jean have testified that he lived, has been viewed nearly 200,000 times as of Tuesday morning and shared more than 4,000 times, including by Dallas West Church of Christ where members are still reeling from his death.

An arrest warrant affidavit made public Monday said Guyger parked on the wrong level of the South Side Flats garage where she lived on the third floor directly below Botham’s apartment. On Thursday night, she got off on the fourth floor where Botham lived.

She went to Botham’s door, which she thought was hers. The four floors of the South Side Flats look the same with concrete floors and tan doors but a light at each door displays the apartment number. The affidavit, cited by The Dallas Morning News, said Guyger inserted her unique door key embedded with an electronic chip into the keyhole to Jean’s apartment door. The door was reportedly slightly ajar, so the force of inserting the key pushed it open. The lights were off in the apartment so when Guyger saw “a large silhouette” she thought she was being burglarized.

The officer then drew her gun, “gave verbal commands that were ignored” and she responded by firing twice, striking Jean once in the torso investigators said.

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Source: Christian Post