Jeffrey Parker, the CEO of Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority has committed suicide.

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Jeffrey Parker (General Manager and CEO of Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) has committed suicide, according to the company. statement.

“With very heavy hearts, we share the official news of GM/CEO Jeffrey Parker’s tragic passing on Friday evening, January 14, 2022,”The website states. “Please keep his family in your prayers and meditations.”

“Jeff cared deeply about MARTA and his leadership gave us a strong foundation from which to carry forward.”

Rita Scott, chairwoman of MARTA Board of Directors released a statement. She also noted that Jeff is married to Erin and has two daughters.

“As Chairwoman and on behalf of my fellow MARTA board members, we are devastated at this loss as we valued Jeff’s leadership and looked forward to him bringing his vision for transit to fruition,”Scott said.

“The entire metro Atlanta region owes him a debt of gratitude for his transformational efforts and we will not stop working to build on the foundation he created.”

SaportaReportAccording to reports, several people close by the transit agency claim that Jeffrey Parker walked before a MARTA train at East Lake MARTA station on Friday night.

The MARTA Twitter account posted that an emergency was causing delays around that time.

“Due to an emergency at East Lake, delays occurring on the Blue line,”They wrote. “Bus shuttle service being established at Avondale, Decatur, East Lake, & Candler Park. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

Later, they tweeted that Eastbound Blue Line trains would be ending eastbound service at Candler Park.

“Nobody knows the WHY,”Jim Durrett, a member of MARTA’s board, said in a text to SaportaReport. “What I can tell you is that he was NOT fired,”He continued.

Since 2018, Jeff has been the CEO of the company. His career started in 1985, when he was an intern at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). bio reads.

During his career, he was listed as one of Atlanta Magazine’s Most Powerful People of 2020, Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Power 100: Most Influential Atlantans of 2020, and was named “Man of the Year” in 2019 by the Atlanta Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar.

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