Atatiana Jefferson’s sister, Amber Carr, dies at 33, lawyer says

The sister of a lady slain by a Fort Price officer died Monday after battling longtime well being points.

Amber Carr, 33, was surrounded by household and family members when she died, lawyer Lee Merritt mentioned.

Carr attended a part of the homicide trial for Aaron Dean however was hospitalized final month earlier than a Tarrant County jury convicted him of the lesser cost of manslaughter for killing Atatiana Jefferson.

Carr suffered from congestive coronary heart failure, Merritt beforehand mentioned, and was moved to a hospice facility earlier this month. She is the mom of Zion Carr, Jefferson’s nephew who witnessed the Oct. 12, 2019, deadly capturing of his aunt.

“We’re asking to your continued prayers and assist as her two younger sons take care of her transition,” Merritt wrote on Twitter.

Amber Carr, middle, wipes a tear as her sister, Ashley Carr, left, and legal professional Lee Merritt, proper, hearken to their brother Adarius Carr speak about their sister, Atatiana Jefferson throughout a press convention Oct. 14, 2019 in downtown Dallas. Atatiana Jefferson, a 28-year-old black lady, was shot and killed in her dwelling by a white ex-Fort Price police officer. (Irwin Thompson/The Dallas Morning Information) (Irwin Thompson / Employees Photographer)

Carr served on the board of administrators of The Atatiana Undertaking, a nonprofit group that gives science, expertise, engineering, artwork and math schooling to youngsters residing in under-served communities. The group was created in honor of Jefferson, who was saving cash for medical faculty when Dean killed her.

Carr was additionally concerned within the We’re Her nonprofit which connects mentors with women and younger ladies and the Sisters of the Motion nonprofit that pushes for police reform. She is survived by two sons and two siblings.

Carr struggled with coughing matches in the course of the first week of trial for Dean in December earlier than she was hospitalized. She was within the hospital when the jury convicted Dean of manslaughter for killing Jefferson in her mom’s East Fort Price dwelling.

Atatiana Jefferson (File / AP)

Carr battled well being issues for years, her household has mentioned, and he or she survived two main coronary heart operations since 2016, in line with her biography on The Atatiana Undertaking web site. Carr was within the hospital the night time Jefferson was killed. Jefferson, 28, had been caring for Zion, then 8, whereas Carr was hospitalized.

Jefferson’s and Carr’s mom, Yolanda Carr, was additionally ill and hospitalized on the time Jefferson was shot. Yolanda Carr died inside three months of Jefferson’s killing.

Dean, 38, and one other officer, Carol Darch, have been dispatched to the home after a neighbor known as a nonemergency line to report the entrance doorways have been open and the lights have been on for a number of hours. Dean led Darch round the home to the fenced yard along with his flashlight on. The officers didn’t announce their presence. Dean testified he thought the home had been burglarized and he didn’t wish to give away his place in case an intruder was nonetheless inside.

Zion Carr, 11, testifies in the course of the homicide trial of former Fort Price police officer Aaron Dean on Monday, December 5, 2022. Carr was Atatiana Jefferson’s nephew and current when she was shot and killed by Dean in 2019. (Amanda McCoy /

Zion advised jurors that Jefferson heard a noise exterior, acquired a handgun from her purse and approached the window. He mentioned they’d been enjoying video video games and that the entrance doorways have been open as a result of they’d burned hamburgers at dinnertime.

Dean, who resigned after Jefferson’s demise, testified he noticed the barrel of Jefferson’s gun pointed at him earlier than capturing lower than a second after shouting at Jefferson to indicate her palms. However prosecutors argued Dean didn’t see Jefferson’s gun and violated division protocol.

Zion was 11 when he testified. Jurors sentenced Dean to 11 years, 10 months and 12 days in jail. Though the jury didn’t clarify the sentence, Jefferson’s household discovered symbolism in it: They mentioned the 11 years stood for Zion’s age when he testified. The months and days of their sentence appear to replicate the date Dean killed Jefferson.

Dean is interesting his conviction.