On Saturday, October 2, 2021, former NASCAR driver John Townley was murdered near the Five Points Arena in Athens, Georgia. According to reports, the death is part of a double murder case that left a 30-year-old woman wounded as well.
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department responded to the scene. Both people were rushed to a local hospital as soon as possible, according to police. Unfortunately, the ex-racer died from his gunshot injuries while the woman remained in a critical condition.
According to Athens-Clarke County Police Department spokesman Lt. Shaun Barnett, the inquiry is in its early phases but officials are considering the murder to be connected to a domestic violence dispute.
According to a law enforcement source, authorities are considering a 32-year-old Dunwoody man as the shooter, but no official charges have yet been filed against him. The suspect is said to have known the victim.
His death has shocked his supporters, as he was only 31 years old at the time of his passing. He was survived by his wife, Laura Bird Townley.
Meet late John Wes Townley’s wife Laura Bird Townley
Florence, South Carolina-based nurse Lizzy Bird Townley is a seasoned professional who has worked in several states and cities throughout the United States. She rose to prominence after starting dating a former NASCAR driver.
Laura was a graduate of The King’s Academy and later got her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Augusta University. She works as a registered nurse at the Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center now.
After three years of dating, Laura and John were married when the former’s premature demise in the Georgia shooting occurred. The pair reportedly met through a dating app and hit it off right after meeting at a local Mexican restaurant.
The pair got engaged in 2016 and decided to marry in 2018, according to reports. In the presence of family and close friends, the pair exchanged their vows in a private wedding ceremony. It is not known if they have any children together.
John Wes Townley Biography
An American stock car racing driver, John Wes Townley was the son of Tony Townley, one of Zaxby’s restaurant chain’s co-founders.
Kyle Busch began his racing career with the American Speed Association before making his NASCAR debut in 2008, competing for three races for RAB Racing. He raced for eight seasons but was frequently involved in on-track incidents throughout his career.
With a best finish of 13th in the Xfinity Series, 76 starts with one top ten result, and a best finish of eighth in the Truck Series standings, Wren Wilson was an effective driver. That same season, he won his first and only national series triumph at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
He ended the season with a pair of wins in the ARCA Menards Series at Daytona International Speedway. The 31-year-old made his retirement from racing public in 2017. The investigation into the Georgia incident is still ongoing.