Mother Dies Months After Her Daughter, Atatiana Jefferson, Killed in House by Fort Worth Officer


The mother of a Texas woman fatally shot by a police officer has died in the house where her daughter was killed, an attorney for the family said.

Yolanda Carr passed away Thursday morning in the Fort Worth home where a city officer shot her daughter, Atatiana Jefferson, in October, according to lawyer Lee Merritt.

The cause of Carr’s death was not immediately known, but she had been getting treatment for congestive heart failure, he said.

Jefferson, 28, had recently moved into her mother’s home to care for her when she was shot through a window by Officer Aaron Dean. Carr was hospitalized when her daughter was killed and had been missing a “critical” caregiver since, Merritt said.


The Fort Worth police officer who killed Atatiana, Aaron Dean, was indicted by a grand jury just last month for her murder. At the time, Carr responded to the indictment of her daughter’s killer in an interview with the Dallas Morning News, saying “We’re going to miss her this Christmas. I’m so glad that they finally indicted that man on murder ’cause he murdered my baby. She didn’t do anything wrong.”


As you’ll recall, Atatiana Jefferson was inside of her home playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when former police officer Aaron Dean entered her backyard and shot her when she looked out her window. The incident initially occurred due to a neighbor calling the police requesting a welfare check after noticing the door to Atatiana’s home was open.

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“They’ve been reeling from one tragedy to the next,” Merritt said of the family.

Dean, now 35, shot Jefferson through a back window after responding to an early morning call about an open front door. On body camera footage of the call he cannot be heard identifying himself as police before firing into the house. He resigned in the days after the shooting and has been charged with murder.


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