NASCAR's Robby Gordon Speaks of Grief as Cops Confirm Murder-Suicide in Dad's Death
Longtime NASCAR driver Robby Gordon's parents were found dead Wednesday in their home in Orange, California, PEOPLE confirms
Longtime NASCAR driver Robby Gordon’s father and his stepmom were found dead Wednesday in their home in Orange, California, PEOPLE confirms.
Robert “Baja Bob” Gordon, 68, and Sharon Gordon, 57, were found dead Wednesday afternoon after officers responded to a 911 call around 5 p.m. about two dead bodies, Orange police Lt. Fred Lopez says.
The Orange County Coroner’s Office ruled Robert’s cause of death as being consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and Sharon’s death was a result of strangulation. The Orange Police Department confirmed the case as a possible murder-suicide.
A rifle was discovered in his parents’ home, Lt. Lopez says, and there are no suspects at this time.
“This is devastating,” said a tearful Robby, 47, according to the The Orange County Register. “He taught so many, and I want everyone to know what a good man he was.”
One of Robby’s three sisters just had a child, according to the paper.
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Autopsies were completed Thursday for both Sharon and Robert, Lopez says.
A neighbor discovered the Gordons’ bodies in an upstairs room after being unable to reach them by phone, according to the Register. Robby said his father had missed a doctor’s appointment Wednesday, triggering concern.
Neighbors remembered Robert, himself a racer, as a “very nice, down to earth guy” and the two as “a super sweet couple,” the Register reports.
“I feel very sad,” one neighbor said, according to USA Today. “Everyone here will be very sad.”
“The truth will come out,” Robby said in a statement, according to the Register.
Robby raced in NASCAR for more than 20 years, ending in 2013. He now races in an off-road series he founded.
• Reporting by HARRIET SOKMENSUER