Georgia authorities have reopened a case surrounding the mysterious death of a Black Atlanta mother.
Tamla Horsford’s 2018 death at an adult sleepover party at her friend’s home was ruled accidental. However, amid the recent discussions about social justice and race equality under law enforcement, the case has resurfaced with millions of people fighting for justice.
The 40-year-old’s family is also calling out for justice, describing the mother of five boys as a ray of light, with a beaming smile and a sparkle in her eye.
"Supermom. Supermom. She made sure she could provide for them. She was always the type of person who would stand up for the little guy," Summer St. Jour Jones, Tamla Horsford's sister, said.
"It's unfortunate that it has to take other people's heartbreak and other people's loss for the proper attention to be given this case involving my sister," St. Jour Jones said.
In November 2018, Horsford stayed at a white friend’s home for a sleepover birthday party. The morning after, she was found in her pajamas unresponsive in the backyard.
The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office initially ruled Horsford's death as an accident, saying she fell from a second-story balcony. Horsford’s autopsy revealed a blood alcohol level of .23, nearly three times the legal driving limit in Georgia. Traces of Xanax and marijuana were also found in her system.
However, Horsford’s family attorney, Ralph Fernandez, says there’s a strong possibility the 40-year-old’s death was a homicide after studying the autopsy photos. Fernandez stated that “The placement of the body, the multitude of injuries - what I would consider to be defensive injuries. The inexplicable post-mortem bleeding.”
“There were numerous inconsistencies in a series of statements. The disposal of evidence, the relationships between the parties," Fernandez added.
"Never ever ever have I seen my sister sloppy drunk and incoherent. So I doubt that she would pick a sleep-over with people she was just getting to know to start behaving that way," St. Jour Jones said.
Across the nation, Horford’s case has sparked a huge petition, with celebrities like Kim Kardashian and 50 Cent also calling attention to the cause.
"I think people are just tired of seeing loved ones being taken so senselessly," Fernandez said.
Elizabeth Potts, Tamla Horsford's mother stated, “We just want justice, the boys and I just want justice.”
“We need answers that make sense. None of this makes sense. None of it,” St. Jour Jones said.
Photos: Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, Tamla Horsford's Family via CNN