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Death of Atlanta Braves Fan Killed in Turner Field Fall Ruled a Suicide

October 2nd, 2013 at 8:40 AM
By Cody Fields

Ronald Lee Homer, Jr., a Conyers native and Atlanta Braves fan who died in a fall over a railing at Turner Field in August, has been ruled to have committed suicide, reports.

Homer died Aug. 12 after climbing over the railing and leaping to his death 85 feet below in the players' parking lot, a witness said.

“The departure railing was not in an area typically accessed by visitors to the ball park, and the decedent made a conscious decision to go there without his friends,” Dr. Michele Stauffenberg wrote in the report. “Therefore, it is unlikely the decedent was deceived as to the danger of this act.”

It was also determined that Homer's blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit.

“Alcohol intoxication may have played a role in his behavior and decision-making process, but not in making him unsteady near a dangerous railing,” the report said.

A friend told investigators that Homer knew about another fan falling to his death at the Ted in 2008 and that he had been suicidal.

First responders said Homer was unconscious and not breathing when they arrived on the scene. He was declared dead due to blunt force trauma to his torso and lower extremities after arriving at Atlanta Medical Center.



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