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Dallas City Council votes to rename street after Botham Jean

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 1/13/2021 Tim Balk

The Dallas City Council voted Wednesday to rename a portion of street after Botham Jean, a Black man who was fatally gunned down in his own apartment by an off-duty police officer.

The change, which passed by a 15-0 vote, labels a portion of South Lamar Street as Botham Jean Boulevard.

Jean, a 26-year-old accountant, was shot at home in 2018 by Amber Guyger, a white police officer who lived on the floor below.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Botham Jean died at 26. © Jeff Montgomery / AP Botham Jean died at 26.

Botham Jean died at 26. (Jeff Montgomery / AP/)

Guyger was convicted of murder in 2019 and sentenced to 10 years in jail. She claimed that she entered Jean’s unit thinking it was her own, and that she believed he was a burglar.

A request to rename the section of South Lamar Street in honor of Jean was submitted in July. The road runs past past Dallas police headquarters and the site of the killing.

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