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October 19, 2019

Botham Jean Foundation Offers Support to Atatiana Jefferson's Family

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Knowing how difficult this time must be for Atatiana Jefferson's family, the Botham Jean foundation offers support for those left behind by the young woman. 

Botham Jean and Atatiana Jefferson were both bright and well-loved members of the Dallas-Forth Worth community. They were both young and black, and tragically, both killed in their own homes by white police officers. 

Botham Jean Foundation's Act of Kindness

Since Botham Jean's killing last year, his family put up the Botham Jean foundation offers support to similar cases, this time to Atatiana Jefferson's family. 

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She was killed over the weekend as she was playing video games with one of her nephews. 

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Of Similar Circumstances

According to Allisa Findley, Jean's sister and foundation president, they understand the pain that the Jefferson family currently feels. 

"Having a loved one taken in this horrific manner is one far more traumatic and a pain no family should have to bear. Unfortunately, too many families have had to suffer at the hands of those paid to serve and protect us."

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The Tragic Stories of Botham and Atatiana

Like Jefferson, Botham Jean was killed in his own home in September 2018 when an off-duty Dallas police officer thought he was a burglar. It turns out, the police woman got off on the wrong floor and was trespassing in Jean's own unit. 

30 miles west of Jean's apartment, 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when they thought there was a prowler. She grabbed her gun and pointed it towards the window. 

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Jefferson's Killer

It turns out, it was a Fort Worth police officer who was conducting a wellness check. However, he never knocked on the front door nor did he introduce himself as a police officer. 

Instead, he opened fire within two seconds of saying "put your hands up."

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Murder Charges for the Suspects

The suspect for the shooting, Aaron Dean, has resigned from his post and was charged with murder. That is the same charge that Botham Jean's killer, Amber Guyger, received. She ultimately got a ten year sentence. 

Meanwhile, those crying for justice will have to wait and see what Dean's sentence will be, especially since the murder of Jefferson was not accidental. 

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Easing the Pain

Although the pain of losing a loved one will never be replaced by any monetary value, Jean's family hopes that the help they are offering the Jeffersons will somewhat help them get through such a tragic time in their lives. 

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May Botham and Atatiana rest in peace. 

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