The curious case of the death of a Black woman in Georgia, Tamla Horsford, who partied with seven white women and was found dead in a backyard continues to raise concerns and has prompted numerous demands for answers.
Now, local Atlanta station WSBTV has obtained the 911 call.
Horsford who was attending an overnight ‘football moms’ party reportedly fell to her death from a backyard deck. While medical examiners have ruled the death an accidental fall, many are still trying to make sense of what happened to the 40-year-old mother of five on Nov. 4, 2018.
A court employee Jose Barrera was fired for accessing documents pertaining to the case. Barrera was present at the party which was held at the home of his girlfriend. He used his position to access files of the investigation to which he was a witness, a court administrator said, according to WSBTV.
“She’s lying in the yard, basically on the patio downstairs. She’s not moving one bit. She’s not breathing,” Barrera can be heard telling dispatchers on the call.
“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,” he continued.
Many on social media have pushed this case to the forefront with the hashtags #TamlaHorsford and #JusticeForTamlaHorsford.
The law firm Banks, Stubbs, and McFarland LLP issued a statement on behalf of the Forsyth, Georia 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.
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.”