Latest: Police say ex-auto racer’s father kills wife, self


ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on two people found dead inside a home in Southern California (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

Police say the father of former auto racing star Robby Gordon strangled his wife before fatally shooting himself in their Southern California home.

Orange police Lt. Fred Lopez announced the cause of death Thursday in the apparent murder-suicide involving 68-year-old Robert Gordon and 57-year-old Sharon Gordon.

The couple is the father and stepmother of Robby Gordon, a former star in NASCAR and on other racing circuits.

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

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11:45 a.m.

Auto racer Robby Gordon says his family is in shock and grieving the loss of his father and stepmother, who were found dead inside their Southern California home.

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, and investigators do not believe a suspect is at large.

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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8:13 a.m.

Police in the Southern California city of Orange say a man and a woman have been found dead inside a home and a neighbor says the man was the father of former NASCAR racer Robby Gordon.

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

Officials say a weapon was found at the scene, and police do not believe a suspect is at large.

The Orange County coroner’s office identifies the deceased as 68-year-old Robert Gordon and 57-year-old Sharon Gordon.

Jill Dombroske, a longtime neighbor, says Robert Gordon was the father of racer Robby Gordon. Calls to Robby Gordon were not immediately returned Thursday.

Police say the cause of the deaths have not been determined.

Robby Gordon’s off-road racing team will be in Orange County this weekend.

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1 a.m.

Police say a man and woman were found dead Wednesday afternoon inside a home in Orange.

Authorities tell the Orange County Register that officers responding to a call in Orange Park Acres found the bodies of a 68-year-old man and 57-year-old woman. Police have not released their identities or details about their relationship.

A longtime neighbor confirmed that the couple who lived in the home were relatives of former NASCAR racer Robby Gordon.

A police spokesman says the cause of the deaths have not been determined. An undisclosed weapon was also discovered.

Police do not believe a suspect is at large.

Robby Gordon’s off-road racing team will be in Costa Mesa this weekend.

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