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Father of Woman Killed in Home by Police Dies

Marquis Jefferson's daughter was playing video games in her home
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2019 9:38 AM CST
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Atatiana Jefferson was killed when a police officer fired into her home.   (Jefferson's family via AP, File)

(Newser) – Marquis Jefferson, whose daughter was shot to death by police in her home last month in Fort Worth, has died of a heart attack. Jefferson, 59, died at a hospital in Dallas, USA Today reports. Atatiana Jefferson, his only child, was shot to death through a window by a police officer after she'd heard a noise and pulled a gun from her purse. She was playing video games with her nephew at the time. The officer has been charged with murder in the shooting.

Marquis Jefferson was taken to the hospital Friday night. "He ultimately just succumbed to, I don't know, I can only say a broken heart," a family spokesman said, per CNN. "He just never recovered from the grieving process." After the death of his daughter, who was 28, Marquis Jefferson told reporters about her smile. "Lord have mercy," he said. "It could brighten up any room." (Read more Atatiana Jefferson stories.)

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