Published on September 29th, 2016 |0
Death of Diane McIver, Buckhead resident & business exec ruled homicide
(Story updated on Oct. 3)
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office has ruled the fatal shooting of Atlanta business executive and Buckhead resident Diane McIver a homicide, caused by a gunshot wound in her back while riding in the front seat of a vehicle near Piedmont Park Sunday evening, Sept. 25.
McIver was shot late Sunday night, Sept. 25, while in an SUV with other people she knew, police said. After the shooting, she was driven to Emory University Hospital, where she died from her injuries early Monday morning, according to a police report.
Diane McIver was president of Corey Airport Services, a marketing company based in Atlanta. Randy Evans, an Atlanta attorney and family friend, said she was “vivacious and full of life.”
Updated Information: A spokesman for the Atlanta lawyer Claud “Tex” McIver, accidentally shot Diane McIver because he was worried about carjackers. Bill Crane, who is acting as a spokesman for Claud McIver, said McIver pulled the gun in fear of carjackers when the gun accidentally went off and shot his wife, who was sitting in the front seat of the SUV. A report from the AJC Sept. 30 quotes Crane as saying the gun went off when the SUV hit a bump in the road.
The police report says officers interviewed the vehicle’s driver about the incident, but it does not identify that person. An Atlanta police spokeswoman declined to discuss whether charges will be brought against anyone, according to the AJC.
The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office also declined to comment, citing the ongoing police investigation, the AJC article said. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office did not respond to repeated requests by the AJC for comment about the manner of McIver’s death.
Reached briefly on his cellphone Wednesday morning, McIver’s husband, Tex, described his state as “the worst I have ever felt,” before saying he had to attend a meeting that would last into the afternoon.
Tex McIver is a partner in Fisher Phillips, based in Midtown. According to his biography on the firm’s website, McIver’s legal career spans 40 years from the military to private practice. He is also a member of the American Bar Association’s committee on gun violence and is vice chairman of the Georgia State Election Board.
US Enterprises Inc. General Counsel Ken Rickert said Diane McIver worked with Corey Airport Services for 43 years after graduating from Georgia State University. McIver, Rickert added, lived with her husband in Buckhead, near Lenox Square. Rickert said he met McIver 25 years ago, when she hired him.
“She was a dynamic individual,” Rickert said. “A great, successful executive who is going to be missed by everybody over here.”
To read the Journal-Constitution’s story, click here.