Ex-NASCAR star Robby Gordon tries to handle parents’ death

Parents of NASCAR driver's father strangled his wife, killed himself

Former NASCAR racer Robby Gordon pauses while making a statement to members of the media gathered outside his home in Orange, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Gordon said his family is in shock and grieving the loss of his father and stepmother, who were found dead inside their Southern California home. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Police say the father of former auto racing star Robby Gordon strangled his wife before fatally shooting himself in their Southern California home.

An Orange, California, police spokesman announced the cause of death in the apparent murder-suicide involving 68-year-old Robert Gordon and 57-year-old Sharon Gordon. The spokesman said officers discovered the bodies in an upscale suburban neighborhood after receiving a 911 call Wednesday afternoon.

Robby Gordon stood outside the Southern California home where his father and stepmother were found dead. The man who had faced fear and danger in hundreds of elite auto races had to take a deep breath to hold back tears.

“I’m so sad, and I can’t believe it,” the former NASCAR star said Thursday. “I grew up on this property my whole life. I learned everything about motorsports out of this little tiny barn over here.”

Soon after, police announced how they believe the two died: Robert Gordon, 68, strangled his wife, 57-year-old Sharon Gordon then fatally shot himself, Orange police Lt. Fred Lopez said. No further details on the motive or circumstances were released.

Robby Gordon, 47, said he would speak about the deaths in more detail once authorities conclude their investigation.

No further details on the motive or circumstances were released.

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