Braves Fan Killed by 65-Foot Fall from Upper Level of Turner Field
Sadly, it seems we just can’t get through an entire Major League Baseball season without at least one tragic fan death.
Two seasons ago it was the Rangers fan who fell over a railing while reaching out for a ball thrown by Josh Hamilton. Last year it was a Blue Jays fan who died of a heart attack down in the field boxes. And, unfortunately, this year it is a 30-year-old Atlanta Braves fan named Ronald Lee Homer Jr.
During a rain delay in Monday night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field, Homer somehow went over a railing on the upper level of the stadium and fell 65 feet to the parking lot below. The police were called immediately, but he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
It’s still unknown whether alcohol played any role in his death, but police do believe it was an accident.
If there’s any silver lining to this at all, it’s that Ronald Homer spoke to his mother not long before he died and told her he loved her.
“He was big hearted, just a great guy, very respectful,” Connie Homer said. “It didn’t matter if they were winning, losing or what—he’s been a Braves fan forever.”
Of course, Homer’s death comes just one week after a Kansas City woman managed to cheat death during an ill-advised swim in the fountains at Kauffman Stadium.
Let’s hope this tragedy will serve as a reminder for fans everywhere to be careful.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]