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Harrison Barnes, Malik Jackson Will Pay For Atatiana Jefferson’s Funeral

Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, his wife, Brittany, along with Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson will reportedly pay for the Atatiana Jefferson’s funeral, who was murdered in her Fort Worth home by a police officer last week while innocently minding her business in her own home.

Jefferson, 28, was tending to her young nephew when a police officer, Aaron Dean, bizarrely shot through the window of Jefferson’s home and killed her. Dean has since been charged with murder.

Barnes, who previously played for the Dallas Mavericks for more than two seasons before being traded to the Kings last season, explained the following to reporters on Thursday (10/17),

“Anytime you come into a community, you always have a piece of that community with you and you want to give back.”

“My wife and I wanted to do something for that family…It was a tragic situation that happened. No one should be killed during a wellness check. But the biggest thing is anytime 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…It’s about everything they’re going through. Our prayers obviously are with them. It was a gesture my wife and I wanted to do for them.”

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The Dallas Morning News reports Barnes and his wife are covering more than half of the cost of the service, and Jackson has agreed to pay for the remainder.

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