Fan who fell to his death knew Braves stadium well

August 14, 2013 • National News

Atlanta Braves coaches, from left to right; Terry Pendleton, Carlos Tosca and Brian Snitker and manager Fredi Gonzalez bow their heads during a moment of silence for Ronald Lee Homer Jr. before a baseball game between the Braves and Philadelphia Phillies in Atlanta, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013. Homer fell to his death at Turner Field on Monday night. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA (AP) — Lifetime Atlanta Braves fan Ronald Lee Homer Jr. knew the stadium where he fell to his death well. He attended three or four games a month at Turner Field and watched as many televised games as he could, his father said. He always had on a Braves hat.

On Monday night, Homer, 30, was waiting out a rain delay in a fourth-level smoking area with a 42-inch railing that would have come up to the 6-foot-6 fan’s midsection. He’d told his mother during a phone conversation that the rain was letting up and he was about to head to his seat for the game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Shortly afterward, he fell about 85 feet into a parking lot.

“He said ‘I love you mom, and I said ‘I love you too’ and that was it,” his mother, Connie Homer, told The Associated Press on Tuesday morning.

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