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Braves fan who fell to death at Turner Field ruled suicide

Sep 20, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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Last month when a 30-year-old Atlanta man fell to his death from the upper deck at Turner Field police initially determined that it was an accident, but now the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled it a suicide.

Alexis Stevens of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has more details, including:

Toxicology reports indicate that Ronald Lee Homer Jr. had alcohol in his system at the time of his death, an investigator with the medical examiner’s office said. His death was ruled a suicide, but the medical examiner’s office would release no further details on the autopsy findings Thursday or why they pointed to suicide. The cause of his death was previously reported as “blunt force trauma.”

Ronald Lee Homer Jr. fell approximately 65 feet onto a parking lot during a rain delay in the Braves-Phillies game on August 12 and had previously placed a call to his mother saying he was going back into the game.

  1. bat42boy - Sep 20, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    What a sad story.

  2. braddavery - Sep 20, 2013 at 3:54 PM


  3. kalinedrive - Sep 20, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    I have alcohol in my system frequently, but it has never caused me to leap off tall structures.

  4. chacochicken - Sep 20, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    • psukardi - Sep 20, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      You mean like in Death of a Salesman?

    • raysfan1 - Sep 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      Except this is not an insurance company claiming suicide after the ME office says it was an accident. It’s the ME’s office calling it suicide here.

      • jeffbbf - Sep 20, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        That’s assuming that the big insurance companies *don’t* have any influence in the ME’s office.

      • raysfan1 - Sep 20, 2013 at 7:01 PM

        Not much of an assumption. The ones I know would be insulted at the suggestion they might take a bribe to falsify a death certificate. Even were it not the case that I’ve worked with ME’s in the past, I’d have to say the risk of investigation and conviction for fraud would make the average person leery at best about accept ion such payola.

  5. steve7921 - Sep 20, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Methinks there is a lot more to this story….said Captain Obvious!

  6. DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 20, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Short of video evidence, or some sort of voicemail/note… can they possibly conclude that with certainty? Granted, maybe they do have one of the above, but then why not just release that evidence?

    Bizarre. And very, very sad regardless of how it happened

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 20, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      What about Alcohol poisoning? Maybe he was DOA.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      Not to be too gruesome but I would imagine that when someone jumps, they land farther away from the launch point than they would with a fall.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 21, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        Your are probably right, I suppose there are forensics that can back up suicide vs. accident. Still, just seems they would want to explain exactly how they concluded that. But maybe they will

  7. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 20, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    to chicken: read the article you posted and it was just depressing. we have a type of insurance on my dad and with his age he takes many pills daily. I now have a fear that that can hurt him in the long run with the insurance company. Makes me want to get some legal advice right about now. either way this story is depressing but I would, like many others here I’m sure would like to know how they determined it was a suicide? Also what does alcohol in his blood determine? wouldn’t it be mor logical with it being wet and having a few beers can make you miss a step or fall over or is there an actual video of him jumping off. Being a stadium there is probally dozens of camera’s all over the place so just a thought.

    • ddefran87 - Sep 20, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      Honestly that is why people should not rely on work insurance. you pay pennies on the dollar and companies fight tooth and nail to cover that because its a huge loos for them. Its no excuse and no way to do business but people rely to much on retirement and insurance benefits through work.

      I hope that does not happen to this person’s family its a tradey already as is

    • raylangivens2 - Sep 21, 2013 at 3:16 AM

      I read in another article that there was no video of the incident at all.

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