Botham Jean’s Sister Reflects on His Life
In SummaryBotham Jean's sister, Allisa Findley, shares what she talked about with her brother on September 6, 2018.
Before Breonna Taylor, there was Botham Jean. This week marks three years since an off-duty officer fatally shot the unarmed Black man.
Officer Amber Guyger was convicted of killing Jean inside his apartment. Guyger testified that after working a long shift, she mistakenly thought Jean’s apartment was her apartment. Jean was a 26-year-old accountant, and he was eating ice cream on his couch at the time of the murder before Guyger shot him.
Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison. She tried to have the sentence overturned, but an appeals court upheld the murder conviction.
September 6, 2018, is a day that haunts Botham Jean’s sister, Allisa Findley, who was a guest on BNC Live as she shared memories of her brother.
Findley spoke about how she remained in bed this past September 6, but her mother and father in St. Lucia went to lay a wreath on Botham’s burial site. “I know a lot people say time heals all wounds, but it doesn’t get an easier for us,” says Findley.
Despite September 6 being a tough day because of the murder of Jean, his sister Findley was able to reflect on a fond memory from their last conversation on the phone that day.
“He called me when he was driving home and he was stuck in traffic and we were talking about his upcoming birthday. It would have been his 27th birthday, and we were going back and forth on his birthday present. We settled on 27 would be the year he becomes an adult. I told him I would give him a set of pots and pans because you know that’s what adults do,” she recalled.
Findley continued her story, saying, “He wanted me to give him Drake concert tickets instead. So, we were going back and forth on his birthday gifts and that memory will always stay with me because I like to consider September 6, 2018, as just the last time I heard his voice rather than the day he was murdered.”
BNC Live host Tashanea Whitlow asked Findley about her younger brother’s forgiveness of Amber Guyger.
Findley replied, “I wasn’t there yet that day. I’m still not there. I respect his decision and I would ask anyone to respect his decision. I don’t know if I will ever get there because there is still to me just unknowns. I would love to have a conversation with Amber Guyger. I have been planning to go visit her because I have so many questions, because I don’t believe her story to this day.”