Nancy Kerrigan’s Life Touched By Tragedy Once Again

American ice skating icon Nancy Kerrigan.
American ice skating icon Nancy Kerrigan

American ice skating legend Nancy Kerrigan’s father has been murdered by her own brother, according to cnn.com. Nancy’s brother Mark, 45, was arrested Sunday and is accused of assault and battery against their father, 70-year old Daniel Kerrigan, according to Massachusetts authorities.

Apparently there was a violent argument and struggle between the father and son, resulting in the elder Kerrigan falling or collapsing on the kitchen floor. Nancy’s mother Brenda then called 911 to assist her husband.

Authorities are still investigating the the circumstances of the incident along with the cause and manner of death. The county medical examiner is expected to release a report within a manner of weeks.

When police arrived on the scene, they found Mark Kerrigan in the basement of the house, “clearly intoxicated” and “extremely combative.” He refused to comply with police officers, had to be subdued with pepper spray before forcibly removing him from the home.

Mark Kerrigan pleaded not guilty during his arraignment. According to court documents, he was unemployed, was recently released from a correctional facility, and was living at home with his parents. He is taking medications and seeking psychological help for post-traumatic stress, apparently from a stint in the Army.

Nancy Kerrigan first gained prominence by winning a bronze medal at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. In 1994 she earned an Olympic silver medal in Lillehammer, Norway.

Adding Fuel to the Flames

California wildfires caused by arson.
California wildfires caused by arson.

Investigators in California have confirmed that the cause of the massive wildfire in the Southern region of the state was caused by arson. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the fire has swept through more than 147,000 acres, burning for more than a week and destroying dozens of homes in the Los Angeles area. Twenty-one firefighters have suffered injuries battling the wildfires, and two firefighters suffered fatal injuries while trying to escape the flames.

A homicide investigation has been launched in the case of the fallen firefighters since the wildfire was determined to be caused by arson. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is heading up the investigation.