Grubb's death ruled suicide

By Andy Jenks - bio | email

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - New details are emerging in the death of a former race car driver at a Henrico motel. Police say Kevin Grubb's death was a suicide. But there's no clear indication why he decided to take his own life.

In a 1999 NBC 12 interview, Kevin Grubb was a 21-year-old with a promising future. In 2003, we followed him to Daytona. In 2006, his racing career was cut short due to allegations of substance abuse. And it all came to an end Wednesday in a Henrico motel.

"It was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head," said Henrico Police Lt. Doug Perry.

The motel's manager said Grubb checked in the day before. He appeared to be in good spirits. But no one responded at the 11:00 a.m. checkout time. So the manager used his emergency key to get in the room, only to see blood on the walls and ceiling. And a body, in the bed.

Police say Grubb used an unspecified type of handgun, and that there was no evidence of drug paraphernalia in the room.

"They'll do a toxicology on his blood. But that may take up to two months to come back," Perry said.

Grubb's family is well known in the area, including Kevin's hometown of Mechanicsville. Word of his death is making national news. The reason behind Kevin's suicide appears unclear. Police say he did not leave behind, a note.

"No happy ending here. It's a young man that lost his life, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the  family," Perry said.

Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Cool Spring Baptist Church on Atlee Station Road.

We spoke briefly to two family members over the phone. They said they appreciate the outpouring of support from friends, as they mourn Kevin's death privately.

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