A Saturday scheduled funeral for Atatiana Jefferson, shot dead by a police officer in Fort Worth, Texas, was canceled due to a dispute between family members.
The shooting of Jefferson, 28, on October 12 triggered a long-running debate about the use of police force, especially in the black community. Jefferson, who was black, was shot through a bedroom window by a white official when he responded to a nocturnal report of an open door in the house.
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported that a local court had agreed to her father Marquis A Jefferson, a temporary injunction holding the funeral. He had argued that he was excluded from planning the funeral by other family members, and he wanted to participate.
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The Potter's House in Dallas, where the service was to be held, announced the cancellation on Saturday morning. and supporters unnecessarily set up a GoFundMe account to find money for the event.
Lee Merritt, a lawyer from Atatiana Jefferson's mother Yolanda Carr, told the Dallas Morning News that former Dallas Mavericks player Harrison Barnes, his wife Brittany Barnes and Philadelphia Eagles player Malik Jackson would pay for the funeral.
Family members were to return to court on Monday. Merritt said he believed a funeral would take place shortly thereafter, NBC reported to Dallas-Fort Worth. Merritt tweeted Saturday that Carr "hired me to seek justice for their daughter".
"She was very ill and unable to do media appearances," he said of Carr. "We worked hard all week to prepare her for the funeral of her daughter, which was extremely difficult for her."
Atatiana Jefferson played video games with her 8-year-old nephew when she heard noises outside and pulled a pistol out of her purse and pointed her to the window before she was shot.
Officer Aaron Dean did not seem to announce his presence immediately or knock on her door before walking around the side of the house. A neighbor had called a non-emergency number to indicate an open front door.
Dean resigned later and was arrested on Monday for suspected murder. The Tarrant County Procuratorate seeks a grand jury charge of murdering Dean.
Jay Varela contributed.