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Cannon death: Boyfriend liked to experiment with explosives

March 7, 2012 |  8:19 am

The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the woman who was fatally struck by a shrapnel from a cannon in her mobile home early Tuesday morning.

The office lists Jeanette Ogara, 38, as having died at 24961 Potrero Valley Road around 1:24 a.m. Tuesday.

"It could be an external examination or it could be an autopsy," said medical investigator Lenore Aldridge.  "It's whatever our doctors feel is appropriate."

The mother was in her mobile home with her 4-year-old daughter when her boyfriend Richard Fox, 39, and a friend were loading a homemade cannon with powder from fireworks. It exploded shortly after midnight, sending shrapnel into the trailer.

The child and three other adults in the trailer were unharmed. Fox was treated for injures at a local hospital and later arrested on charges relating to the negligent discharge of  explosives causing injury.

Fox’s brother Jerry told the U-T San Diego that his brother liked to “live on the edge.” A family friend, John Arnold, also told the San Diego paper that Fox was “a gun fanatic” who often experimented with explosives.

Arnold said Fox "adores" his family.

"They mean the world to him," he told the U-T. "I can’t imagine how he feels right now. He probably doesn’t want to live."


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