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Atatiana Jefferson's sister Amber Carr dies 'surrounded by family'

The sister of Atatiana Jefferson, the Fort Worth woman who was shot and killed by a police officer in 2019, has died after a long battle with congestive heart failure.

Carr, 33, was in failing health, and the family's attorney, Lee Merritt, reported earlier this month that she would have only days to live. It was announced online Monday that Carr had passed away by Merritt and Fort Worth City Councilman Chris Nettles.

"We are heartbroken to hear about the passing of Amber Carr, sister to Ashley Carr & Atatiana Carr-Jefferson and mother to Zion & Zayden Carr. Anyone who had the pleasure of meeting Amber knew her smile lit up every room, and her love of family transcended time. Our hearts and prayers are with the entire Carr family right now as they cope with another devastating loss. We are grateful for the time we shared with Amber on this earth and are comforted knowing she has reunited with her mother and sister," Nettles posted.

It was Carr's son, Zion, who was the only one home when his "Aunt Tay" was shot and killed by ex-Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean in the family's home on E. Allen Avenue on Oct. 12, 2019.

During an investigation of an opened-door call, Dean, a white officer, fatally shot the 28-year-old Black woman. Through a window, Dean saw a silhouette of a person and a gun barrel when he entered the backyard. He fired once, fatally wounding the woman behind the glass.

Amber Carr told NBC 5 in 2019 that she last spoke to her sister a week before she died when she visited her in the hospital.

"She came to the hospital in Plano where I was recovering from major heart surgery. She came and brought me food, she brought me a new cellphone," Carr said.

Since Atatiana's death, their family has suffered from tragedy after tragedy. In January 2020, Atatiana's mother, Yolanda Carr, who too suffered from congestive heart failure, passed away a few weeks after her father, Marquis Jefferson, died two weeks after her funeral.

We hope that the family of Amber Carr and Atatiana Jefferson are surrounded by love and comfort in this tragic time, and we hope that both rest in peace.

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