Monday, 15 April 2013

NRA 500 suicide: Man commits suicide at NRA-sponsored NASCAR race

NRA 500 suicide: Man commits suicide at NRA-sponsored NASCAR race, A scary piece of news has been revealed by Yahoo Sports on Sunday, April 14, 2013, as a man committed suicide at the NRA 500 NASCAR race just the night before. The death of a man in the infield of the Texas Motor Speedway during the Sprint Cup Series NRA 500 has been ruled a suicide from a gunshot to the head.

The suicide was said to have happened after a verbal altercation.

Police spokeswoman Cpl.Tracey Knight did not identify the man involved in the NRA 500 suicide and wasn't sure of his relationship to others involved in the altercation. Another report from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says that the Tarrant County medical examiner's office did identify the man as 42-year-old Kirk Franklin.

Franklin was officially announced dead at 10:48 p.m.

The death was said to have occurred "in or around a pickup truck" in part of the infield near the middle of the backstretch, according to track spokesman Mike Zizzo. Nobody was in danger during the incident, but several people were said to have been eyewitnesses to the NRA 500 suicide.

This situation has caused some backlash and a potential fallout for the NRA.

“…Consider what a self-inflicted gunshot wound, at one of their own events nonetheless, would do to hurt the NRA’s cause. It’d be a PR nightmare,” SportsGrid’s Jake O’Donnell wrote.

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