Tamla Horsford was found dead in a backyard after ‘falling off the balcony’ of her friend’s home on Nov 4, 2018
Horsford, a mother-of-five, died during an adult slumber party at a home in Forsyth County, Georgia
She was found unresponsive lying face down in the backyard after falling off a balcony – coroner concluded that the death was an accident with ‘acute ethanol intoxication’ as a contributory factor
Family and friends of Tamla Horsford said they do not believe the coroner’s conclusions, insist her she ‘was murdered’
Public only learned of her death last week after a Forsyth County court employee was fired for accessing documents related to the case
The court fired Jose Barrera, who happens to be the boyfriend of the woman who owns the home where the slumber party took place
Medical examiner noted that Horsford had suffered injuries all over her body, prompting calls for further investigation
Tamla Horsford is seen in a video inside a home in Forsyth County, Georgia last November – moments before she died after falling off a balcony in the backyard. The ruling that her death was an accident is disputed by her family
Friends and family of a Georgia woman who died last November after falling off a balcony during an adult slumber party in a backyard are demanding further investigation into the cause of death.
Tamla Horsford, a mother-of-five, died at a party in a home in Forsyth County, Georgia last year November 4.
Her death became public knowledge last week after a court employee, Jose Barrera, accessed documents related to the case, according to WSB-TV.
Barrera was fired from his job for accessing the documents.
The party was held at the home of Barrera’s girlfriend.
At one point during the party, Barrera found Horsford lying face down in the backyard. She was unresponsive.
The coroner determined that Horsford suffered from multiple blunt force injuries caused by the fall. The mother-of-five also suffered from ‘acute ethanol intoxication,’ the coroner said.
The party was held at Jose Barrera’s girlfriend house and Barrera found Horsford lying face down in the backyard unresponsive, according to police reports
In the police report, the 911 caller said ‘She’s lying in the yard, basically on the patio downstairs.. She’s not moving one bit. She’s not breathing,’ the caller later identified as Jose Barrera, told 911.
‘I’m noticing a small cut on her right wrist. She’s not breathing whatsoever. I don’t know if this cut was self-inflicted.’
The death certificate issued by the coroner listed the death as an accident.
The coroner determined that Horsford suffered from multiple blunt force injuries caused by the fall.
Horsford also suffered from ‘acute ethanol intoxication,’ the coroner said.
But her best friend, Michelle Graves, does not accept the coroner’s findings.
She noted that Horsford had suffered injuries all over her body, according to the medical examiner’s report.
‘It’s impossible to get the injuries that she had from one fall,’ she said.
On social media, the hashtag #TamlaHorsford and #JusticeforTamla have been trending in recent days.
Many of the social media posts express outrage that there has been very little media coverage of the death of a black woman.
One outraged Twitter user tweeted: ‘40 year old black football mom Tammy went to a “football mom” sleepover with 7 white women & she was found dead beaten up. also, 3 men were also at the sleepover.. WHERE IS THE NEWS COVERAGE OF THIS STORY?!’
‘We’re glad we’re not the only ones who feel there’s something awry with the story and with how she lost her life,’ Graves said.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said it will release the results of toxicology reports that were conducted this week.