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The Death of Tamla Horsford

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As the investigation into the death of Tamla Horsford who was found unresponsive in the backyard during an adult sleepover continues, people are demanding more answers.

Tamla Horsford died in November 2018 after she reportedly fell off a balcony during a “football moms” overnight party.

The Sheriff’s Office received autopsy and toxicology reports from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and should be releasing the finding at the end of the week.

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Death investigations cannot be closed until such time as the official results of the Forsyth County Coroner’s Office and the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office have been received and reviewed,” a press release from the Sheriff’s Office emphasized.

In a death certificate, the autopsy ruled that the mother of five died from “multiple blunt force injuries” at around 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 4, 2018. Her death was reportedly ruled accidental with “acute ethanol intoxication” being listed as a “significant condition contributing” to her death.

However, many people online have begun to cast doubt on the investigation and the peculiar way Horsford was found. The 40-year-old was discovered by the boyfriend of the homeowner who hosted the party. Jose Barrera was the one who found Horsford and called 911.

“She’s lying in the yard, basically on the patio downstairs…She’s not moving one bit. She’s not breathing,” he told dispatchers.

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“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.”

Horsford’s friend Michelle Graves said she believes something else could have happened to her friend, who reportedly had injuries all over her body.

“It’s impossible to get the injuries that she had from one fall,” she said.

Thousands on social media have called for further investigation into Horsford’s death with hashtags #TamlaHorsford and #JusticeForTamlaHorsford.

In a statement from an attorney representing the homeowner, they urged people not to rush to conclusions.

“At this time, our client, as well as each person who was present on November 4, 2018, has completely cooperated with law enforcement officers in attempting to give the family and friends answers with regards to the tragic death of Tamla Horsford. Every aspect of our client’s life has been investigated. She has provided answers to every question asked by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. Although the investigation has not been closed, to the best of our knowledge, Ms. Horsford’s death certificate has been issued by the Forsyth County Coroner.

“According to the Coroner, the official cause of death was determined to have been caused by an accidental fall from a residential deck. In addition, the Death Certificate also states that acute ethanol intoxication was a significant condition contributing to Mrs. Horsford’s death.

“At this time, each of the partygoers and their families have received death threats on various social media postings. The threats need to stop. This tragic accident is exactly that, an accident. It is unfortunate, sad, and unbelievably heartbreaking to her family and friends. However, certain very vocal friends and family members of Mrs. Horsford have been describing this accident as a ‘murder.’ Nothing could be farther from the truth.

“We are asking for the community and media to please respect the privacy and safety of our client and others who were at the party.”

The death of Tamla Horsford case has raised my eyebrows & I’m sure yours as well. I’m going through a brief timeline of events after the alleged “accident” & the case being closed. The family of Tamla still has unanswered questions. Plus a surprise has came out about the homeowner!

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Police may have closed the case, but plenty of questions remain on how the 40-year-old died. 

Georgia officials have officially closed the death of Tamla Horsford case, citing no foul play in her mysterious death.

But the case of a mother of five who died at an adult sleepover has raised a vast amount of questions due to the nature and behavior of those present. The mysterious death of Tamla Horsford caught the eye of the public this month, but the 40-year-old was found dead at a friend’s home in Cumming, Georgia in November 2018.

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On Wednesday (Feb. 20), Major Joe Perkins with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office told reporters in a press conference that none of the 40-year-old’s injuries were aligned with foul play. “It was a party. They were drinking,” 11 Alive reports. “She was drinking. Most of the partygoers had gone to bed at that time, and she was on the deck alone.”

It was initially reported that Horsford accidentally fell off a balcony on Nov. 4, where she was attending a “Football Moms” sleepover with seven other mothers and three men. Local news site WSB-TV shared an early coroner’s death certificate that listed Horsford’s death as an accident but the fall from the deck caused “multiple blunt force injuries” and “acute ethanol intoxication,” known commonly as alcohol poisoning which might have led to the fall.

But friends and the internet sleuths believe there are other layers to the story as it never reached public attention until it was reported that court employee Jose Barrera was fired for illegally accessing documents related to the case. Barrera is also the boyfriend of the woman who owns the home. forsyth county supreme justice

Horsford’s best friend Michelle Graves who wasn’t at the party also believed foul play took part in her friend’s death. “It’s impossible to get the injuries that she had from one fall,” Graves said. After speaking to the WSB-TV about the case, she claimed her personal information was released by Barrera and sent to five of the women who were at the party. Only during an investigation into Graves claims it was revealed that Barrera accessed court documents related to Horsford’s case as well as a stalking incident involving his girlfriend.

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On Wednesday (Feb. 20), more details were released about the case in the form of a 911 call made by Barrera the day Horsford’s body was found. While Barrera’s 911 call was made at 8:59 am, Horsford’s body was discovered at 7:30 am by the homeowner’s aunt.

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