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August 14, 2013

Braves fan who died in fall went to several games a month

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Homer grew up in Conyers, Ga., and graduated in 2001 from Rockdale High School, where he was involved in student government. He was single, had one sister and did landscape work for a living.

“He was big-hearted, just a great guy, very respectful,” his mother said.

Neither the team nor the police have said how high the railing is in the area of the stadium where Homer fell. There were no cameras in the area.

Smoking is allowed in the area, which overlooks a parking lot used by Braves players. Though Connie Homer doesn’t know details of how her son fell, she said he was a smoker.

Connie Homer said she’s heard nothing from authorities as to what might have caused her son to fall.

“They called us up to the hospital and they told us he was gone,” she said. “The whole thing is surreal.”

An autopsy was planned for yesterday.

Monday’s accident wasn’t the first fatal fall by a fan at Turner Field, and two other people fell from heights at the city’s pro football stadium in the last year.

Isaac Grubb, 20, of Lenoir City, Tenn., died after falling over a railing at the Georgia Dome during a football game between Tennessee and North Carolina State on Aug. 31, 2012. Authorities said he landed on another man seated in the lower level, and that alcohol was involved.

A man fell about 25 feet over a staircase railing at a Georgia Tech-Miami football game in the Georgia Dome on Sept. 22, 2012 and was not seriously injured.

In May 2008, a 25-year-old Cumming, Ga., man suffered head injuries when he fell down a stairwell at Turner Field during a game between the Braves and the New York Mets and later died. Police found that alcohol was involved. The Braves have said the death was the first one at the park that didn’t involve a medical condition.

Turner Field became the Braves’ home in 1997, a year after serving as the site of events for the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Homer’s father said the stadium should have been designed to prevent such falls.

“I would like to see the building built to prevent something like this happening to another family,” he said. “It should have been better engineered from the jump-street when they built that stadium.”

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