Today, September 29, would’ve been slain Dallas resident Botham Jean’s 28th birthday.
During his vigil, Botham’s mother Allison Jean described her son as a man who at an early age dedicated himself to Christianity and approached his parents at age 8 to be baptized. He would eventually teach his mother’s church choir how to read music and arranged singers by sopranos, altos, bass, and tenor.
Botham Jean attended Harding University, a private Christian school in Arkansas. He was accepted to the university in 2011 and moved to the United States at the age of 19.
On Monday, just a day after Botham Jean’s birthday, Amber Guyger’s trial will enter its seventh day. On Saturday, jurors heard the brief testimony one of the defense’s witnesses.
Amber Guyger has been charged with manslaughter for shooting-and-killing Botham Jean in his own apartment on Sept. 6, 2018. Guyger has plead not guilty.
Botham Jean was born in Saint Lucia on September 29, 1991. After his passing, more than 1,500 people attended his funeral. Mourners wore red neckties and roses in honor of Jean’s favorite color. Virally, the hashtag #BeLikeBo was created in honor of Botham’s nickname and life.
Social media also reflected on Botham Jean's life. See what some had to say below.
Today is Botham Jean’s birthday... Botham Jean would’ve been 28 years old if he wasn’t killed in his own home while watching TV and eating ice cream. pic.twitter.com/l6pfQaG9YG— Clay Cane (@claycane) September 29, 2019
Today would’ve been your birthday 😢 prayers for Botham Jean and his family 🙏🏿🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/2S4Nr4rV2T— Addie Bishop (@bishop_addie) September 29, 2019
Botham Jean should be celebrating his 28th birthday today.— 🍤 (@AllThatJasss) September 29, 2019
Say his name.
Today would’ve been Botham Jean birthday. pic.twitter.com/lJJqZsRvEV— Don Salmon (@dijoni) September 29, 2019
This video of Botham Jean singing in church should accompany every video of that lying, crying murderous cop.— Fiyah ✊🏾 Angelou (@SweetKixx) September 29, 2019
He deserves justice...nothing less.
Happy Birthday, Bothma Jean. RIPhttps://t.co/APeMyaZ6a7
Happy birthday Botham. We’re standing for you.— DeirdreIV (@IvDeirdre) September 29, 2019
Happy birthday Botham. You will not be forgotten.
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