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Man Killed in Turner Field Fall Identified, Family Considers Legal Action

August 13th, 2013 at 8:29 PM
By Cody Fields

Police have identified the man who fell to his death at Turner Field before Monday's game between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies as 30-year-old Ronald Homer of Conyers, Ga., the Associated Press reports. The police concluded that there was no foul play involved.

Authorities also revised their estimation of the fall up to 85 feet; they originally stated Homer fell 65 feet on Monday.

Homer landed in the players' parking lot on the backside of Turner Field, falling over a railing that's about waist-high. Homer's mother, Connie Homer, says that alcohol likely wasn't involved, but toxicology results will take up to three weeks.

Connie said Ronald spoke with her via cell phone while waiting out the nearly two-hour rain delay Monday and didn't sound any different than usual.

"He said 'I love you mom,' and I said 'I love you too' and that was it," Connie said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday morning.

His father, Ronald Homer Sr., called Homer his "best friend" and alluded taking action against the Braves.

"He went up there to smoke a cigarette," Homer Sr. said. "He was 6-foot-6, 6-foot-7, and those railings where he was are not tall enough; they are not tall enough for being that high up and that dangerous. This is not going to be the end of this."

Homer Sr. continued, citing a perceived moral responsibility to do something.

"They need to fix that. That's a flaw in engineering," Homer Sr. said. "I don't care if we don't get a nickel, no one should go through what his mother and I are going through right now."

11 Alive News reports the impact was heard by television crews up to 100 yards away when Homer fell at approximately 8:30 p.m. He was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where he died shortly before 9 p.m.

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