Mom of Dallas man killed by cop wonders if race played role

Leroy Wright
September 10, 2018

"This is the worst call any mother can get", his mother, Allison Jean, told WFAA-TV.

The almost two-hour vigil ended with Allison Jean, Botham Jean's mother, saying her son "did everything with a passion", including serving the Lord. "God gave me an angel". Her son will be buried on the Caribbean island Thursday. "Botham loved everyone, and everyone loved him".

Jean's mother, Allison, suggested in an interview on Friday that her son might still be alive if he was white.

Dallas police have officially released the name of the officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man named Botham Jean in his own home after she "mistook the apartment for her own".

But Texas Rangers investigators they made a decision to postpone pursuing a warrant until they could follow up on information they received from an interview with the officer.

Dallas police chief U Renee Hall said on Saturday a warrant for manslaughter, which she said on Friday would be forthcoming, had not yet been issued because the Texas Rangers had asked her department to wait. But as of late Saturday, no formal charge had been filed, and no arrest warrant had been issued. The family asked that Jean be remembered as a youth pastor, singer and good friend and family member - and not as the focus of speculation or political agendas, the station reported. Merritt questioned whether Guyger was receiving preferential treatment.

"This family is frustrated".

The following is an update to the fatal shooting that occurred on Thursday evening at the South Side Flats, 1210 S. Lamar Street.

In May 2017, Guyger and another officer responded to the 8300 block of Reva Street in Pleasant Grove after undercover officers reported a woman they believed to be wanted by DPD sitting in the front passenger seat of vehicle. "We've lost a potential leader for this city for decades to come". "This is an unacceptable way for Dallas to represent itself to the world".

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It's not clear what, if any, interaction the two people had before Guyger discharged her gun and then called 911.

The police chief said she's spoken to Jean's family to express her condolences and reassure them investigators are working "diligently" on the case.

PHOTO: Botham Jean is seen February 27, 2014. "He wanted all of us to unite, to be together". He said he also reached out to the Saint Lucia prime minister to apologize for Jean's death.

"So just knowing the way that he died it seems unfair because think of the nice person that you know and the most generous person that you know and then they get shot as if they were a criminal or thief", Jessica said.

Jean, 26, was a graduate of Harding University who worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas. Plans for the funeral were announced at a prayer vigil Saturday. "In doing so, we hope to bring understanding to the family". "That would immediately stop all the violence, stop all the persecution". Responding officers administered aid to the victim, a 26-year-old male, at the scene.

Todd and Debbie Gentry drove to Dallas on Friday and picked up Botham Jean's mother at the airport.

This Sept. 21, 2017, photo provided by Harding University in Search, Ark., shows Botham Jean leading worship at a university presidential reception in Dallas. We are Christians. We forgive. "We are simply heartbroken to hear of his death".

"We need to find out whether there was a personal relationship", he added.

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