Despite rampant social media reports that they dated or knew each other already, the attorney for Botham Shem Jean's family and local news outlets in Dallas, quoting police sources, all say there is no evidence that Jean knew Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger before she is accused of shooting him to death.
"How can you make a mistake like that, getting into someone else's apartment?" said 80-year-old Raquel, a resident who declined to give her last name.
Jean's mother, Allison, is a former Saint Lucia government official who oversaw the island's Department of Education, Innovation & Gender Relations as well as the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services & Transport, according to reporting from the Dallas Morning News.
"Botham loved mankind, Botham never saw color, he never saw race".
"She took my life away, like my very own life", Allison said of the officer.
Dallas police Chief Renee Hall said Saturday that the Rangers had asked her to hold off on a planned manslaughter charge while their investigation is underway, FOX 4 of Dallas reported.
But it was not clear Saturday whether the officer has been formally charged or whether she's in custody.
Many questions remain about what led Guyger to shoot Jean.
"This family is frustrated", Merritt said during a press conference following a vigil for Jean.
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In St Lucia, government leaders said the death of Botham Jean came as a "shock" and that embassy officials in the USA would provide assistance to the victim's family. 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. The legal team as not yet released a statement on her arrest.
"This is the worst call any mother can get,"Jean said". "This is an unacceptable way for Dallas to represent itself to the world". She told the responding officers that she came into the victim's apartment thinking it was hers.
PHOTO: Botham Jean is seen February 27, 2014. "He wanted all of us to unite, to be together".
"Somebody has to be insane not to realize that they walked into the wrong apartment", Allie Jean said.
"You want to think it's fiction. and you have to grapple with the reality", he said.
Organizing a prayer vigil seemed like a simple thing to do.
He moved to Dallas after graduating in 2016, and was working with the accounting and consultancy firm PwC.
"We can't just stay behind closed doors. That would immediately stop all the violence, stop all the persecution". Clark, 22, was fatally shot earlier this year by officers in the backyard of his grandparents' home in Sacramento, California. I personally can't identify shooting victim Botham Jean.
"The entire Harding family grieves today for the loss of Botham Jean, who has meant so very much to us". They took several mission groups, which Botham Jean helped organize, to work in St. Lucia. Todd Gentry begged God as he choked back tears. "But in Jesus Christ, there is unity and there is hope, and I'm going to see him again with my Lord in heaven".
"This world isn't fair and it's full of trouble", Genery said.
"This world has lost a light in the dark."