Less than a day after her son was reportedly gunned down in his own home by an off-duty police officer, Allison Jean wants to know if his race played any part in his death.
Botham Jean was inside his Dallas, Texas, apartment on Thursday evening when the white female officer entered, apparently thinking it was her own residence.
Still dressed in her uniform, police said she opened fire and killed Jean, though additional details were scarce.
The Texas Rangers have been brought in to aid in the investigation and the officer gave a blood sample shortly after the shooting to determine if she was under the influence of any drug at the time.
Though Dallas police say they are working to find answers, 26-year-old Botham Jean’s mother is demanding justice.
“Botham would want me to get justice for him,” she said. “Whoever did it to him needs to pay, a heavy price.”
Allison Jean went on to question whether the fact that her son was black was a factor in the officer’s decision to shoot.
“I didn’t know she was white until now,” she said. “If it was a white man would it have been different? Would she had reacted differently?”
The grieving mother said it “just feels like a nightmare” when recalling the moment she learned her son, a native of Saint Lucia who graduated from Arkansas’ Harding University in 2016.
“My son loved everybody,” Allison Jean said. “He loved God. He lived a very excitable life in the church. He sang very well. I don’t want to judge her. We are Christians. We forgive. But I need to look into her eyes, and ask her why did she do that to my son. She took away my heart. My soul. He didn’t deserve to die. The explanation does not make sense.”
She added that the “state needs to pay” for the loss.
“He was in his sanctuary,” she said. “In the place he called home. He didn’t deserve it.”