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NBA's Harrison Barnes to Pay for Atatiana Jefferson Funeral

Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, his wife and Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson have offered to pay for the funeral of a Fort Worth, Texas, woman shot to death in her home last week by a police officer.

Barnes, an 8-year National Basketball Association veteran, has ties to the area after he played for nearly three seasons with the Dallas Mavericks and said that he wanted to give back to the community during an interview with reporters.

"My wife and I wanted to do something for that family", Barnes told reporters Thursday.

"The biggest thing is, any time someone has to go through that, the last thing you want to have to worry about is trying to come up with the money for a funeral". It's about the family, going through our prayers with them.

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Jefferson's family's attorney Lee Merritt told Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA that Barnes paid half the service costs and Jackson paid the remainder.

Merritt, who has an office in Philadelphia, separately set up his own GoFundMe page that had raised almost $240,000 for the family by Friday morning.

Jefferson was playing video games with he nephew early Saturday morning around 2:30 a.m. when officers arrived at her home, responding to a wellness check initiated by a neighbor. A Fort Worth Police Department spokesperson told Insider that Dean was commissioned as an officer in April 2018. Aaron Dean, the officer who fired the fatal shot, reportedly fired through the window without announcing who he was.

Dean, who fired the fatal shot, had been with the department since the spring of past year. So you want justice for the family.

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Body camera footage from that night shows Dean, 34, peering through two open doors and walking around the perimeter of the house.

Police said Jefferson, who had a license to carry, reached for her gun when she heard noises in her backyard and went to the window to investigate.

"I realize that no action we take can replace the loss suffered here".

Neighbor James Smith, 62, who made the customary call to a non-emergency police number to inquire a test-up on Jefferson, knowledgeable The Citadel Price Huge title-Telegram he "by no technique talked about" one thing just a few burglary.

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