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Family of man killed at Turner Field in a fall from the upper deck sues the Braves, MLB

Turner Field

Turner Field

Mike Zarrilli

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the family of the fan who fell to his death from the upper deck at Turner Field during a game has filed a lawsuit against the Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball.

Gregory Murrey, 60, from Alpharetta Georgia died during the seventh inning of the Yankees-Braves game on August 29. Witnesses reported that Murrey stood up to boo Alex Rodriguez when he came to the plate as a pinch hitter. Murrey fell from Section 402, which is at the top of the stadium, behind home plate into the area where players’ families sit.

The suit, filed in state court in Fulton County, accuses the Braves and Major League Baseball of disregarding fans’ safety by putting up a guard railing that is only 30 inches tall. The complaint alleges that the height is 12 inches short of the industry standard.

Murrey is not the first fan to die in a fall at Turner Field. Since 2008, three people have died after falls at Turner Field, one of which was ruled a suicide.

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