NASCAR Legend Jimmie Johnson Speaks for First Time Since In-Laws’ Murder-Suicide

In a heartbreaking turn of events, NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson recently experienced a devastating tragedy involving his in-laws and nephew. The incident, described by authorities as a “murder-suicide,” has left Johnson and his family in a state of profound grief.

A Family Shattered: The Tragic Incident

On June 26, the lives of the Janway family were irrevocably changed. Jack Janway, 69, his wife Terry, 68, and their 11-year-old grandson Dalton were found shot to death in their Muskogee, Oklahoma, home. The news sent shockwaves through the community and deeply affected those who knew the family, including Jimmie Johnson and his wife, Chandra Janway.

Reports suggest that Terry, Johnson’s mother-in-law, was the one responsible for the horrific act. She allegedly shot and killed her husband and grandson before contacting emergency services and subsequently taking her own life. The exact sequence of events and the motive behind this tragic incident remain unclear.

Jimmie Johnson’s Heartfelt Statement

After a month of grieving in private, Jimmie Johnson took to his Instagram account to express his gratitude for the overwhelming support he and his family have received. In a heartfelt statement, Johnson conveyed the profound loss they have experienced and the gratitude they feel towards those who have reached out during this unimaginably painful time.

“Our family is devastated by the profound loss of Lynn, Jack, and Dalton Janway,” Johnson’s 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”. The NASCAR community and fans rallied around Johnson and his family, offering their condolences and support in various ways.

The Impact on Jimmie Johnson

The tragedy has understandably had a significant impact on Jimmie Johnson, a seven-time NASCAR champion. The weight of the loss is compounded by the fact that the Janway family was deeply rooted in the Muskogee community, where Johnson also has strong ties. Jack Janway, a well-known chiropractor, had even treated Johnson in the past.

Mayor Marlon Coleman of Muskogee expressed his personal connection to the Janway family and the profound effect their loss had on him. “It was traumatizing to find out that a long-standing family who had made so many contributions to our community was involved in this type of incident,” Coleman shared. “Just knowing that it was him and his family took a different toll on me”.

Past Tragedy: A Family Marked by Loss

Sadly, this is not the first tragedy the Janway family has endured. In 2014, Chandra Janway’s younger brother, Jordan Janway, lost his life in a skydiving accident. Jordan, described as a seasoned skydiver, tragically died following a midair collision just hours after Johnson finished second in a race at Martinsville Speedway. The Janway family’s resilience in the face of multiple heartbreaks is a testament to their strength.


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