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Georgia Bureau of Investigation re-examines 2018 death of Tamla Horsford, following family demands
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The night she was invited to celebrate another mother’s 45th birthday with a girls’ slumber party that saw several women bond as teenage girls, Tamla Horsford, 40, was late for the party because she cooks a breakfast casserole for her husband and five boys.
“She had such a big heart,” her adult daughter Akieshma Horsford told PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “She wouldn’t let you be in a bad mood.”
Tamla and the hostess, Jeanne Meyers, had sons who played youth football together. And while Tamla, the only black female guest, was not known to everyone, she made friends easily. “She’s always been the life of the party,” Meyers said later.
The discovery the next morning of Tlama’s body face down in the backyard in his paw print pajamas led his family to search for answers – believing their questions remain unresolved in part because of Tlama’s race. .
“The fact that she was a black woman in a sea of people who weren’t, might have something to do with why he wasn’t investigated,” says Tamla’s sister-in-law Teri Blanco.
Based on police observations on the morning of November 4, 2018, Tamla’s husband Leander said he learned that authorities suspected she had tripped over a garden edge – a danger Meyers aunt had also stumbled in the past – and had suffered. have a fatal injury.
When the extent of her injuries became known, authorities later suspected that Tamla had died after falling from a bridge on the second floor. According to an autopsy, she had blunt trauma to her head, neck and extremities, including a fractured neck and a slipped wrist that was inconsistent with a slight fall, and alcohol in her system which was almost three. times the legal driving limit.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office closed the case on February 20, 2019, calling it an accidental death. “It was a party,” Major Joe Perkins said at the time. “They drank.”
Meanwhile, local media found documents showing Meyer’s boyfriend Jose Barerra – one of two men who were also at the house that evening – had used his role as Forsyth County investigator to review the records. to access the case. Barerra was fired from his job. According to a police interview transcript received from PEOPLE, when asked if he threw Tamla over the bridge, he replied, “No, I didn’t.”
On February 21, 2019, attorneys representing Barerra, Meyers and other revelers declared Barerra’s actions as mere “curiosity that overwhelmed him.” They added: “Our clients are completely innocent. It was not a murder. It was nothing more than a tragic accident.”
Skeptics of the survey noted the county’s tumultuous racist past and its 85% white population. And when the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, George Floyd in Minneapolis, and Breonna Taylor in Louisville fueled a national movement for racial justice, the hashtag #JusticeForTamla was picked up by Black Lives Matter protesters.
In June, the sheriff’s office kept up its work, citing “recent calls to review the death of Tamla Horsford”, but also called on the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to take a second look.
Tamla’s husband said, “I don’t think the truth was told about that night.”