ATLANTA — A Conyers man died Monday evening after he fell from the upper level of Turner Field during a Braves-Phillies baseball game.
The victim has been identified as Ron Homer, 29. According to the Atlanta Police Department, the victim fell about 65 feet into a secured parking lot. He was taken to Atlanta Medical Center where he died from injuries sustained in the fall.
Police said there was no indication that foul play was involved and the fall appeared to be accidental. Police also said any involvement with alcohol would have to be determined by toxicology tests by the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office.
The victim's uncle, Robert Homer, said Tuesday his nephew was at the game with a friend from college when the accident occurred. He said Ron Homer was an honor graduate of Rockdale County High School and a gifted athlete who played a number of sports. He attended Oxford College.
Robert Homer described his nephew as part of a close-knit family that has lived in Rockdale County for seven generations. He said Ron lived with his parents, Ronald Lee and Connie Homer.
Robert Homer said the family was still reeling from the news.
"It's more than a shock, it's hard to stomach. Real hard to stomach," he said.
He questioned the safety of railings at Turner Field and pointed to other recent falls at sports stadiums and said more safety provisions are needed.
According to news reports, Monday night's game was scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m., but rainfall delayed the start time by nearly two hours. The accident occurred during the rain delay.