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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Man dies following fall from Turner Field's upper deck (Update)

A Turner Field attendee died last night after tragically falling from the stadium's upper deck.

Braves spokeswoman Beth Marshall confirmed to CL that a spectator had fallen during the rain-delayed Atlanta Braves-Philadelphia Phillies game. According to Atlanta Police, the man plummeted nearly 65 feet from an upper-level platform to the player's parking area outside the stadium around 9 p.m.

The victim, 30-year-old Conyers resident Ronald Homer, was later transported to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

"At this time there is no indication of foul play and the fall appears accidental," APD spokesman John Chafee tells CL.

Last night's accident wasn't the first of its kind. Back in 2008, 25-year-old Cummings resident Justin Hayes died after falling 150 feet from Turner's upper deck.

UPDATE, 10:04 a.m.: The Associated Press this morning talked to Connie Homer, the victim's mother, who said her son was a lifelong Braves fan, Rockdale High School graduate, and currently a landscape worker. She added:

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

"He was big hearted, just a great guy, very respectful," she said. "It didn't matter if they were winning, losing or what - he's been a Braves fan forever."

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