Father of ex-NASCAR racer Robby Gordon kills wife, then himself

Former NASCAR racer Robby Gordon makes a statement to members of the media gathered outside his home in Orange, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Gordon said his family is in shock and grieving the loss of his father and stepmother, who were found dead inside their Southern California home. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Former NASCAR racer Robby Gordon makes a statement to members of the media gathered outside his home in Orange, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Gordon said his family is in shock and grieving the loss of his father and stepmother, who were found dead inside their Southern California home. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Police say the man that strangled his wife then fatally shot himself at a California home was the father of ex-NASCAR racer Robby Gordon.

This April 2008 photo shows Robert Gordon, father of NASCAR racer Robby Gordon. Police said Robert Gordon and Sharon Gordon were found dead inside a home Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, in Orange, Calif. (Michael Goulding/The Orange County Register via AP)
This April 2008 photo shows Robert Gordon, father of NASCAR racer Robby Gordon. Police said Robert Gordon and Sharon Gordon were found dead inside a home Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, in Orange, Calif. (Michael Goulding/The Orange County Register via AP)

Lt. Fred Lopez says officers discovered the bodies in an upscale suburban neighborhood after receiving a 911 call Wednesday afternoon.

Gordon says his family is in shock and grieving the loss of his father and stepmother.

Gordon spoke briefly to reporters Thursday near the gated house where police discovered the bodies of 68-year-old Robert Gordon and 57-year-old Sharon Gordon.

Police in the city of Orange say a rifle was found at the scene Wednesday.

Gordon says he will speak about the deaths again once authorities conclude their investigation.

The former NASCAR star thanked the racing community for its support.

He said his father, a one-time off-road racer, instilled in him a passion for motorsports and competition.

Gordon says an event featuring his off-road racing team scheduled for this weekend in Orange County will go on as planned.

 

 

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