Investigators also said the owners of the horses have a daughter who has a child with Espinoza-Vasquez.
Authorities said someone in the horse owner's family assaulted a relative of Espinoza-Vasquez’s and that Espinoza-Vasquez retaliated by killing the horses. Officials said he might have had help.
“We believe there were some other members with him at the time,” Clayton County fire Chief David Vazquez said. “It’s an ongoing investigation, and those members we’re going to aggressively investigate and we’re going to bring them to justice as well.”
Neighbors said the fire was very large.
“We looked across the street, and it was a big blaze, huge blaze,” neighbor Karla Rosemond said.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture requires that stables have a readily accessible fire extinguisher, but there are no requirements for sprinklers or smoke detectors.