Po­lice: Ex-auto racer’s fa­ther stran­gles wife, shoots self

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

The fa­ther of for­mer NASCAR driver Robby Gor­don stran­gled his wife, then shot him­self in their home, po­lice said Thurs­day.

The deaths of Robert Gor­don, 68, and Sharon Gor­don, 57, were an ap­par­ent mur­der-sui­cide, Or­ange po­lice Lt. Fred Lopez said a day after the bod­ies were found. No fur­ther de­tails on the mo­tive or cir­cum­stances were re­leased.

The cou­ple were the fa­ther and step­mother of ex-NASCAR star Robby Gor­don, who fought back tears and ex­pressed dis­be­lief Thurs­day out­side the home on a hill­side where he grew up and de­vel­oped his love of rac­ing.

“I’m so sad, and I can’t be­lieve it,” the rac­ing star said. “I grew up on this prop­erty my whole life.”

Robby Gor­don re­called how his fa­ther, a racer known as “Baja Bob” in the mo­tor­sports com­mu­nity, in­stilled in him a love for com­pe­ti­tion and mo­tor­sports in the Or­ange County neigh­bor­hood.

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