Atatiana Jefferson, the woman police fatally shot through the window of her Fort Worth home, will be laid to rest Thursday after a court ruled this week that the woman’s father should be involved in her burial.
The services will begin at 11 a.m. (noon ET) at Concord Church in Dallas, family attorney Lee Merritt said.
Mourners had expected to gather Saturday at a Dallas megachurch to say farewell to Jefferson, who was killed as she played with her 8-year-old nephew. A neighbor had called police for a welfare check after seeing her door open late at night.
A judge, however, ruled this week that her father, Marquis Jefferson, had the authority to arrange her funeral and burial after the father sought a temporary restraining order, saying he would suffer “immediate and irreparable injury” if his daughter’s aunt buried Atatiana without his participation.
Despite the court battle, Marquis Jefferson has a good relationship with his daughter’s mother and siblings, who use the surname, Carr, according to his spokesman, Bruce Carter.
“The Carr family is invited. There is room for them. They are more than welcome. They’ll be respected. They’ll be treated with dignity, and that’s what should happen,” Carter said.
Shot while playing with her nephew
Former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean, one of two policemen who responded to the neighbor’s call to check on Jefferson’s house, has been charged with murder. He has resigned from the force. Jim Lane, his attorney, declined to comment on the case.
The shooting left the community shaken. Aside from the optics of a police officer shooting a woman in her own home, Dean is white, and Atatiana Jefferson was black.
Jefferson, 28, was playing video games with her nephew when the two officers arrived on October 12.
As officers walked outside the house around 2:30 a.m., Jefferson heard noises in the backyard, pulled a gun from her purse and pointed it toward the window, police said.