Police confirmed Thursday that the father and stepmother of pro race car driver Robby Gordon were found dead inside the family’s home in Orange as the result of an apparent murder-suicide.
Authorities were called to the home located in the 1400 block of North Kennymead Street about 5 p.m. Wednesday after a neighbor discovered two bodies inside the home, said Lt. Fred Lopez with the Orange Police Department.
The neighbor went into the home after being called by a family member to check on the occupants, Lopez said.
Arriving officers found the bodies of a 68-year-old man and a 57-year-old woman, Lopez said. They were later identified by the coroner’s office as Robert and Sharon Gordon.
Robert died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound from a rifle found at the scene, and Sharon possibly died of strangulation, Lt. Fred Lopez of the Orange Police Department said.
Police said it could take them weeks to determine a motive.
Robert Gordon, also known as “Baja Bob,” is Robby Gordon’s father and Sharon Gordon is his stepmother.
“I ‘d like everyone to understand this is very, very tough. It’s not only tough for me, but it’s tough for my sister,” a tearful Robby Gordon said, addressing reporters outside the home on Thursday. “I’m so sad and I can’t believe it.”
“The truth will come out, what went down there,” Gordon added. “And personally I will explain it to you once the coroner tells me I can.”
The home has been owned by Robby Gordon since 1989, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Gordon told reporters he grew up on the property.
“When I moved to North Carolina to go NASCAR racing – you’re probably wondering how it happened in my house – I gave the house to my dad and his wife to live in, because they had a young daughter, and this house was done and I didn’t need to be here,” he said.
The case remains under investigation, and anyone with information was asked to contact the Police Department at 714-744-7444.
Correction: A photo featured in an earlier version of this article incorrectly identified one of the subjects. It has been removed.