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NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson breaks silence after in-laws, nephew killed in apparent murder-suicide

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Seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has finally broken his silence more than a month after his in-laws and nephew were tragically killed in a suspected murder-suicide in Oklahoma. 

Johnson, who was recently named as a nominee for the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2024, said he was “devastated” over the June 26 killings in a brief statement posted to Instagram on Friday. 

Jimmie Johnson at the NASCAR Cup Series EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #84 Club Wyndham Chevrolet, waits in the garage area during qualifying for the NASCAR Cup Series EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on March 25, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

“Our family is devastated by the profound loss of Lynn, Jack, and Dalton Janway,” the statement read.

BODYCAM CAPTURES FINAL GUNSHOT FROM APPARENT MURDER-SUICIDE OF NASCAR DRIVER JIMMIE JOHNSON’S IN-LAWS, NEPHEW

“We have been humbled by the outpouring of love and support during this unthinkably sad time and remain grateful for all of your compassion.” 

Jack Janway, 69, and his wife, Terry Janway, 68, were the parents of Chandra Janway, Johnson’s wife. 

Jimmie Johnson and his family at a NASCAR race

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane with his wife, Chandra Janway, and daughter, Lydia, after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Feb. 28, 2016 in Hampton, Georgia. (Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)

They, along with her 11-year-old nephew, were found dead inside a Muskogee home on June 26 after law enforcement received a 911 call over reports of a disturbance and someone with a gun.

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The Muskogee Police Department said in a statement at the time that officers responded to the scene and saw a person “laying in the hallway inside the front door.” Shortly after, they heard a gunshot inside the home.

Police body cam footage released earlier this month revealed the horrifying scene where officers described seeing a victim through a window who was seen covered with a “blanket.” Just before law enforcement entered an unlocked front door, the single gunshot could be heard. 

Jimmie Johnson talks to the media at the 100th Anniversary Le Mans 24 Hours race

Jimmie Johnson talks to the media during previews to the 100th Anniversary Le Mans 24 Hours race at the Circuit de la Sarthe on June 6, 2023 in Le Mans, France. (Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

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Additional information later provided by the Muskogee Police Department revealed that Jack Janway’s body was identified as the victim near the front door. Terry Janway was later located on a couch positioned “next to a handgun.”

The final victim was found in a bedroom.

Police told Fox News Digital at the time that they were investigating the fatal shooting as a possible murder-suicide and that Terry Janway was being looked at as a possible suspect.



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