Ath­letes pay­ing for Fort Worth vic­tim’s fu­neral

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Emer­son Clarridge

FORT WORTH, Texas — Bishop T.D. Jakes will de­liver the eu­logy and the Rev. Al Sharp­ton will de­liver re­marks dur­ing the fu­neral Satur­day of Ata­tiana Jef­fer­son, who was shot by a Fort Worth po­lice of­fi­cer in her home on Oct. 12.

Sacra­mento Kings player Har­ri­son Barnes and and his wife, Brit­tany, cov­ered 90% of the fu­neral costs, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Bar­ne­ses said.

Philadel­phia Ea­gles de­fen­sive tackle Ma­lik Jack­son will pay for 10% of the ex­penses.

The fu­neral, which will be open to the pub­lic, and a wake on Fri­day will both be held at The Pot­ter’s House of Dal­las, 6777 W. Ki­est Blvd.

“While her heart­break­ing and un­timely death has cap­tured the na­tion’s at­ten­tion, the fu­neral will pay trib­ute to her life as a lov­ing daugh­ter, sis­ter and aunt,” The Pot­ter’s House said in a news re­lease.

Jef­fer­son, 28, was play­ing video games with her 8-yearold nephew when they heard noise out­side and thought there was a prowler in the back yard, ac­cord­ing to po­lice and fam­ily. When Jef­fer­son went to the win­dow, Of­fi­cer Aaron Dean fa­tally shot her. Po­lice had been called to the house on a open-struc­ture check by a neigh­bor who no­ticed its doors were ajar.

Dean has since re­signed from the po­lice depart­ment and been charged with mur­der.

“It is clear that the atroc­ity of this shoot­ing opens up deep wounds that pre­ceded this re­cent mur­der case that res­onates far be­yond our com­mu­nity,” Jakes said in the re­lease. “As a res­i­dent of Fort Worth my­self, I un­der­stand the pain and anger as­so­ci­ated with this tragic loss, How­ever, the fam­ily has asked that the fu­neral not be over­shad­owed by her death but rather that the legacy of Ata­tiana Jef­fer­son be hon­ored and cel­e­brated for the full­ness of her life.”

The wake will be held from 7-9 p.m. Fri­day, fol­lowed by the fu­neral at 2 p.m. Satur­day.

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