Braves Fan Dies After 65-Foot Fall At Game

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Aug. 13 2013 11:38 AM

29-Year-Old Fan Dies After Falling From Upper Deck at Braves Game

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 11: A general view of Turner Field during the game between the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins on August 11, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

A 29-year-old Braves fan fell to his death last night while watching his favorite baseball team from the upper deck at Atlanta's Turner Field. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution with the sad story:

The man who died Monday night after falling 65 feet from the upper level of Turner Field and landing in a parking lot outside of the stadium was identified early Tuesday as Ronald Homer of Conyers. ... The start of Monday night’s game vs. the Phillies was delayed due to rain, and the game started just prior to the man’s fall, shortly before 9 p.m.

Officials are still investigating exactly what went wrong, although they currently do not believe that foul play was involved. Homer was attending the game with a friend, and had called his mother during the rain delay to talk. "He said 'I love you Mom,' and I said 'I love you, too' and that was it," his mother, Connie Homer, told the AP on Tuesday morning.

The fatal fall was not the first in Turner Field's history. According to the Associated Press, a 25-year-old man suffered head injuries when he fell down a stairwell in 2008 and later died. Four years later, a 20-year-old man died after falling over a railing during a football game at the stadium. Authorities say that alcohol was a factor in that accident.

Jennifer Lai is an associate editor at Slate.



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