Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

'Botham Chose Everyone': Funeral For Slain Dallas Man Draws Hundreds

'Botham Chose Everyone': Funeral For Slain Dallas Man Draws Hundreds

More than 1,500 people gathered in Greenville Avenue Church of Christ to remember the life of Botham Jean. "They immediately began looking to smear him", said Lee Merritt, who represents the family of Botham Jean, who was shot dead in his own Dallas apartment September 6.

A woman stepped inside and, upon seeing Jean's outline, reportedly issued a warning and fired two shots, fatally striking the 26-year-old in the torso.

"Our prince royal was snatched from us by the quick-to-trigger finger of one trained to protect and serve", he said.

"One happened to be in a quiet room reading a book so she was in the best position to hear things", Merritt said.

Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall were in attendance at the funeral.

Botham Jean is seen leading worship at a university presidential reception in Dallas, Sept. 21, 2017.

In an article published in the January 2016 edition of Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, researchers Calvin John Smiley, a sociology professor at Hunter College of City University, and David Fakunle, now a postdoctoral research fellow at Morgan State University, described several high-profile cases in which information such as a victim's criminal history, neighborhood or even physique was used to "posthumously criminalize" him.

Jean had been living in Dallas and working at accounting and consulting firm PwC.

He said at the start of the funeral service that 55,000 employees of PricewaterhouseCoopers around the globe were simultaneously holding a moment of silence for Jean.

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"Botham said 'Dad, I want to be baptized".

According to Fox 4, one of the warrants became public on Thursday, hours after Jean's funeral.

Stossel called him "the biggest extroverted accountant you'd ever find", adding that she knows he's now in heaven, "bouncing around, singing at the top of his lungs".

The warrant doesn't say if investigators were looking for narcotics that Guyger possibly had, or if they believed they were in Jean's apartment.

Inside Edition obtained footage from the South Side Flats apartment which shows a half-eaten cereal bowl Jean was eating from as well as The Autobiography of Gucci Mane he had been catching up on.

Guyger was charged with manslaughter in the shooting and remains on administrative leave from the Dallas Police Department.

Lee Merritt, Jean's family's attorney, said the affidavit showed police began searching for evidence to discredit Jean immediately after the shooting.

"It's looking specifically for drug paraphernalia", Merritt said of the search. Sammie Berry, an elder and pulpit minister at Jean's church, says the family can not rest until justice is served and Guyger is punished "to the fullest extent of the law". According to Jean's father, the young man persuaded Harding into sending volunteers to his home island in the Caribbean to complete charity work, The Cut reported. They say music was a major part of his life.

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