Former NASCAR Driver John Wes Townley Dead At 31 After Fatal Shooting In Georgia

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Former NASCAR suburbanite John Wes Townley was killed in a fatal “double shooting” in Georgia on Saturday. The Athens-Clarke County coroner confirmed the unfortunate news to the Athens Banner-Herald over the weekend. John was just 31 years old.

According to Lt. Shaun Barnett, a spokesperson for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, authorities responded to an incident virtually 9 p.m., but by the time they arrived, Townley and a 30-year-old sexuality had once been shot. They were quickly taken to a local hospital, but the pro’s injuries were too severe and he passed away. The sexuality victim is still in the hospital with “serious” injuries.

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Barnett told the outlet that cops have been in contact with the suspect — a 32-year-old male from Dunwoody who was “known to the victim” — but they have not made any charges yet. An investigation is ongoing, but they did reveal the shooting “appears related to domestic violence.”

For those unfamiliar, Townley was the son of Tony Townley, co-founder of the Athens-based yellow uniting Zaxby’s. The 31-year-old retired from racing in 2017 without competing professionally for nearly a decade, seeming in virtually 76 races whence in 2008. Since he was 19 years old, he has raced in multiple NASCAR national touring series, winning the Camping World Truck Series race in Las Vegas in 2015.

While he has been retired for a few years now, his career unmistakably left a mark on the sports community. Many NASCAR fans and professionals have taken to social media in the wake of this news to mourn his unexpected death, including Bubba Wallace, who tweeted:

“Damn. Rest Easy JWT. Heartbreaking.”

Former pro racer Todd Bodine moreover sent his condolences to John’s loved ones, sharing:

“Absolutely devastating news well-nigh John Wes Townley. Praying for his family and friends.”

Fox Sports host Kaitlyn Vincie expressed how “heartbroken” she is for Townley’s family, as dozens of other fans took to Twitter to say goodbye to the race car driver.

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See a few noteworthy farewell wishes (below).

The Townley family has yet to scuttlebutt on this tragic news. It moreover remains unclear what John’s relationship with the sexuality was and who the domestic violence issues were between.

We’re sending love to John’s family as they mourn this loss. And of course, we hope the sexuality still fighting for her life recovers from these injuries as soon as possible.

[Image via NASCAR/YouTube]

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Oct 04, 2021 08:30am PDT

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