Yolanda Carr, the mother of Atatiana Jefferson, died Thursday in the same Fort Worth home where her daughter was shot and killed by police last year.
Paramedics were called to the family home in the hillside neighborhood where they found Yolanda.
A cause of death is not known, but Yolanda was battling a serious illness. Atatiana was caring for her mother before the night she was killed.
Dallas attorney Lee Merritt, who represents the family, released the following statement:
“It is with heavy hearts our office reports the passing of Yolanda Carr, the mother of Atatiana Jefferson. Atatiana was serving as a caregiver to her mother, Ms. Carr, at the time of her murder by Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean. The family is devastated by Ms. Carr’s untimely death and is requesting for space to process and mourn. Police brutality impacts entire families, communities and generations. There is no doubt Ms. Carr’s recovery was complicated by the tragedy of her daughter’s death and the difficulty associated with the ongoing fight for justice. We will continue the fight in her honor. Please join us as we offer our prayers and condolences to this family during an incredibly difficult time.”
No foul play is suspected at this time, but police are investigating. RIP.