Family members of a Black mother of six are demanding answers after she allegedly fell to her death from a backyard deck while attending an overnight ‘football moms” party, according to 11 Alive.
Even the sleuths of social media are trying to make sense of what happened to 40-year-old Tamla Horsford, who many believe was killed at an adult sleepover in north Forsyth, Ga., on Nov. 4, 2018. She was reportedly the only Black among 7 white women.
With major news outlets opting to remain silent about this troubling case, Twitter users are bringing attention to her death via the hashtag #TamlaHorsford. So much speculation has unfolded across social media that the party host issued a statement defending herself against a flood of accusations.
The law firm Banks, Stubbs, and McFarland LLP issued a statement on behalf of the homeowner, whose identity is being withheld:
“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 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 has been issued by the Forsyth County Coroner.
“A copy of the death certificate is attached to this letter. 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 can 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.”
According to a release from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation into Horsford’s death is still active and her body has been turned over to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy. The sheriff’s office will reportedly release the results of the autopsy and toxicology reports later this week.
“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.