DOUGLASVILLE, GA (WAOK/AJC)-More closure today for the mother of Bobby Tillman, the young man who was beaten to death in 2010 after a house party in Douglasville. The last of two young men convicted of the murder of Tillman were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Monday.
Horace Damon Coleman and Quantez Devonta Mallory will spend the rest of their lives in prison. Two other defendants, Tracen Franklin and Emanuel Boykins also received life sentences for their part in Tillman’s death. Boykins pleaded guilty last April to throwing the first punch that started the attack on Nov. 7, 2010 and he was sentenced to life in but may be released after he has served at least 30 years.
According to the AJC, Tillman’s death became the subject of national media attention because of the randomness and savagery of the attacks on him.
Tillman, then a freshman at Georgia Perimeter College, was among a crowd of young people leaving a house party in Douglasville that was organized to celebrate two high school girls’ good grades. The party was supposed to be a small affair, but thanks to social media the crowd grew from an expected 10 to more than 60. Tillman had been invited but Boykins, Coleman, Franklin and Mallory were among the many who were not invited.
Tillman’s mother Monique Rivarde said that the sentencing of the teens has provided some closure for her but will never take away the pain of losing her son whom she described as being her best friend.
At a Stop The Violence forum on V-103 FM on Monday night, Rivarde talked about the pain she still feels over her son’s death.
Rivarde has used her son’s death as a catalyst to form an organization aimed at young people as a way to heal from her tragedy.