Over a month after a suspected murder-suicide in Oklahoma that claimed the lives of his in-laws and nephew, NASCAR’s seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has spoken out on the tragedy.
Johnson, a nominee for the 2024 NASCAR Hall of Fame, described his family’s devastation in a brief Instagram statement last Friday.
“Our family is devastated by the profound loss of Lynn, Jack, and Dalton Janway,” the statement read. “We have been humbled by the outpouring of love and support during this unthinkably sad time and remain grateful for all of your compassion.”
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Jack Janway, 69, his Terry Janway, 68, and an 11-year-old boy, which has since been confirmed as Johnson’s nephew Dalton, were found dead inside a Muskogee home on June 26. The couple were parents to Chandra Janway, Johnson’s wife.
The Muskogee Police Department reported a 911 call prompted the discovery, citing reports of a disturbance and a person armed with a gun. Upon arrival, officers noticed an individual “laying in the hallway inside the front door.” They heard a gunshot shortly after.
Earlier this month, released police body cam footage showed a chilling scene, with officers observing a body covered with a “blanket” through a window. A gunshot was heard before law enforcement entered the home through an unlocked front door.
Jack Janway’s body was identified near the front door, while Terry Janway was found on a couch near a handgun, according to further information from the Muskogee Police Department. The third victim was located in a bedroom.
As of the time of the incident, police were investigating the fatal shooting as a potential murder-suicide, with Terry Janway as a possible suspect, Fox News Digital reported.