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Death of man who fell from Turner Field upper level ruled suicide

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ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Medical Examiner's report says a witness saw Braves fan Ron Homer climb over a railing and jump to his death at a game in August.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office says Ronald Homer, 30, of Conyers, died as a result of blunt force trauma to his torso, which would be consistent with a fall from a great height.  But the Medical Examiner's office is not saying, yet, what evidence investigators have that led them to conclude that the fall was the result of suicide.

Toxicology reports have not yet been returned in the case.

Homer, who was attending a Braves game, plunged 65 feet from an upper deck area at Turner Field onto a private parking lot on Monday, August 12.

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Homer's family denies that the death was the result of a suicide. They have retained an attorney and would not speak with 11Alive News Friday.

Homer's family said at the time of the incident that Homer went out to the platform to smoke and may have lost his footing on the wet pavement. The game was under a rain delay at the time of Homer's death.

Homer's father said he was a good-natured man who was not drinking at the time of his death.

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"He wasn't drinking, he doesn't do drugs. He's just a big ole' tall, good-natured kid that loved the Braves," said his father shortly after Homer's death.

The Medical Examiner's written report on the autopsy was not available Friday evening, and investigators on duty would not comment on whether the evidence supporting the finding of suicide included any eyewitnesses or surveillance video.

On the evening of the incident, Matthew Cox, an Auburn University student, said a worker told him he had seen the man standing alone at the black iron railing inside the stairwell, and the next moment the man was falling to the ground.

Cox said another worker said to him, "That guy just jumped over."

Investigators were not saying whether the worker was located to confirm Cox's account, and how significant investigators considered that account to be.

The stairwell is across from the concession stand at Section 413 and overlooks the walkway the Braves players use to walk to and from their cars in a gated parking lot.

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