Atatiana Jefferson's Father Passes Away from Heart Attack

Marquis Jefferson 58 and his daughter Atatiana Jefferson 28

Marquis Jefferson 58 and his daughter Atatiana Jefferson 28

Atatiana Jefferson was shot and killed last month by now-former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean during what was supposed to be a welfare check.

Her father, Maquis Jefferson, died at a Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas on Saturday night after suffering a heart attack, family spokesman Bruce Carter told the Dallas Morning News. "I don't know what else to say", Carter said.

Marquis Jefferson was interviewed by KTVT-TV after the killing.

Carter tells KDFW that Jefferson, 59, 'just couldn't get back from what happened with his daughter'.

Besides experiencing the pain of losing his daughter, Jefferson had filed for a temporary restraining order to gain control over Atatiana's funeral arrangements from her aunt, Bonita Body, because he felt he didn't have enough input. "He just couldn't get back from what happened with his daughter". Jefferson and attorneys for his daughter's relatives ultimately reached a confidential agreement and Atatiana's funeral was rescheduled and held October 24.

As rolling out previously reported, Atatiana Jefferson, a pre-med graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans, had recently moved in with her ailing mother in Fort Worth. "I mean it's senseless".

"He was battling to be a part of her life to the end", Carter told CNN on Sunday.

The victim heard noises, pulled her handgun out of her purse and pointed it at a bedroom window, Zion told police. A concerned neighbor had contacted police after seeing the door to Jefferson's home was open. Body-worn camera footage shows Dean approach Jefferson's window and open fire nearly before he finishes shouting for Jefferson to put her hands up. An officer, Aaron Dean, was charged with murder after resigning from the force. "That's my one and only daughter", adding, "I'll never forget that".

Merritt said that Jefferson was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew before she was killed.