Jackson County

Coroner releases cause of death for fitness trainer found in car

A 27-year-old fitness trainer found dead in a car early Thursday on Lemoyne Boulevard took his own life, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said.

Coroner Vicki Broadus has ruled the death of Darryl Richardson Jr. of St. Martin a suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Sheriff Mike Ezell said later Friday.

Richardson's body was found about 3:30 a.m. in a car parked in the Lemoyne Plaza, Ezell said. The plaza is between Pelican Park and McCann Road.

Richardson was a trainer at Southern Elite Fitness, a gym and fitness center on Automall Parkway in D'Iberville.

He attended St. Martin High School, Bowie State University in Maryland and the University of South Alabama, according to his Facebook page.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews