FILE – March 24, 2014, file photo provided by Harding University in Searcy, Ark., let Botham Jean, speaking at the university. Jean was fatally shot Sept. 6, 2018, by off-duty officer Amber Guyger who says that she mistook his residence for her own. The service for the 26-year-old Botham Jean will begin at noon, Thursday, Sept. 13, at a church in a suburb of Dallas after a public display. (Jeff Montgomery/Harding University via AP, File)
DALLAS – The Latest on a deadly shooting in Dallas with an off-duty police officer (all times are local):
The uncle of a 26-year-old man murdered in his apartment by a Dallas police officer who said they mistook his apartment for her own says that the word of his death was like “a nuke” is unleashed on their family.
Botham Jean’s uncle, Jean Ignatius, said on Thursday the funeral, “Our prince royal was snatched from us by the soon-to-finger on the trigger of a trained to protect and serve.”
He also said that his cousin told him that he would like to enter politics one day, perhaps even becoming prime minister of his country from St. Lucia.
Off-duty police officer Amber Guyger has been charged with manslaughter and has since been released on bond.
Others speaking at the funeral spoke about Botham Jean, the willingness to always help everyone and the devout Christian love for singing.
The funeral has begun for a 26-year-old man murdered in his apartment by a Dallas police officer who said they mistook his apartment for her own.
There were packed the pews in a suburban Dallas church for the funeral for Botham Jean. He was killed last week by an off-duty police officer, Amber Guyger, who says that she was on her way from work when the shooting occurred. She is charged with murder and has since been released on bond.
Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall present at the funeral. Jean died, has since become a flashpoint in the national debate over the police killing of black men.
After his death, friends and family remembered Jean as a talented singer and a devout Christian.
A funeral is planned Thursday for a black man murdered in his home by a Dallas police officer who says that she mistook his residence for her own.
The service for the 26-year-old Botham Jean will start at noon at a church in a suburb of Dallas after a public display. The funeral will also be streamed live.
Jean was fatally shot last week by the off-duty officer Amber Guyger. Court documents say Guyger thought they had encountered a burglar. She is indicted for manslaughter.
Family and friends described Jean as a devout Christian and a caring person.
His mother, Allison, Jean, recalled her son’s dedication to his faith in a prayer vigil last weekend. Jean says that her son “did everything with passion” and was a meticulous person.