The sports community is speaking out following the death of John Wes Townley.
Over the weekend, the former NASCAR driver was killed in a "double shooting" in Georgia, an Athens-Clarke County coroner confirmed to the Athens Banner-Herald. He was 31. In a press release, spokesperson for Athens-Clarke County Police Department, Lt. Shaun Barnett, stated that when authorities responded to the incident around 9 p.m. on Oct. 2, Townley and a 30-year-old female had been shot.
"The initial investigation indicates that John Townley, 31, arrived at the Morton Avenue address that was occupied by Laura Townley, 30, and Zachary Anderson, 32, of Dunwoody, GA," the release notes. "Shortly after Mr. Townley arrived at the residence, there was an altercation between Mr. Townley and Mr. Anderson involving a hatchet. At some point during the altercation, Anderson fired several shots from his firearm. As a result, Ms. Townley and Mr. Townley were struck."
After being transported to a local hospital, Townley died as a result of his injuries, while "Laura Townley sustained serious injuries and is expected to survive." According to authorities, an investigation into the incident remains ongoing.
While Fox Sports host Kaitlyn Vincie also tweeted, "Heartbroken for John Wes Townley's family. Absolutely devastating. Godspeed JWT."
Townley's family has yet to speak out publicly after his death.