KRNB-Smooth R&B 105.7 – After a week full of heartfelt and at times tense emotion surrounding the Fort Worth Police shooting death of a woman in her own home last Saturday, comes news of DRAMA that brewed on the eve of her funeral.
The father of the slain woman, 28-year old Atatiana Jefferson, was granted a temporary restraining order Friday afternoon to STOP her funeral from proceeding as planned. Marcus Jefferson claimed that he would be “irreparably harmed” if the planned service at the Potter’s House Church in Dallas today – Saturday 10/19/19.
‘Say what’, you say??
Since the order granted full authority to plan the funeral to Mr. Jefferson, Atatiana’s funeral is now set for noon on Thursday at Friendship-West Baptist Church. A public memorial for Ms. Jefferson will happen at Potter’s House today at 2pm.
At issue, according to Mr. Jefferson is a GoFundMe campaign created in his late daughter’s honor meant to cover funeral costs and ‘other‘ expenses. To date, the account, created by Lee Merritt, attorney for Atatiana’s family has raised over $240,000.
Mr. Jefferson told reporters Friday that he stumbled across the campaign online, and that when he did he called Attorney Merritt letting him know that the fund was not needed because he had funeral costs covered through an insurance policy. Mr. Jefferson’s attorney told reporters that if funds are being raised that are not needed that it represents a “fraud.”
Mr. Jefferson also says that he has been left out of all planning of the funeral.
According to the Dallas Morning News, One of Atatiana’s aunt’s who has been handling arrangements says Mr. Jefferson has not been a part of Atatiana’s life and the his contribution toward planning the funeral is not needed.
Meantime, as of around 6am on today Lee Merritt tweeted that the funeral has been postponed.
Atatiana Jefferson’s funeral has been postponed. Updated information concerning the reschedule will be provided as soon as it becomes available. pic.twitter.com/xG932NqsnP
— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) October 19, 2019
The young woman was killed early on October 10th after a neighbor called the FWPD non-emergency line to report the door of her residence was open; and that he was concerned and requested a wellness check. Officers were dispatched to an “open structure call,” which elevated their response from that of a ‘wellness check.’
Former FWPD officer Aaron Dean has been charged with murder. His case was referred to a Tarrant County grand jury Friday.