A Skating Star’s Devoted Dad

By David Schoetz

Jan 29, 2010 5:18pm

Tonight, we'll look at a story about an alleged domestic dispute involving former Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, whose father Daniel was buried yesterday after collapsing Sunday in the family's Stoneham, Massachusetts home. Arrested that day was 45-year-old Mark Kerrigan, Daniel's son and Nancy's brother. Police say he grabbed his father by the throat during an argument over telephone use. The suspect, who has an erratic history of behavior, has been hospitalized for a mental health evaluation. At the funeral yesterday, Daniel Kerrigan was eulogized as a father who remained devoted to his son despite a "tortured relationship." So far, Mark Kerrigan has only been charged with assault. That could be upgraded when autopsy results are complete. Nancy Kerrigan, of course, will forever be remembered as the target of Tonya Harding — who, along with ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, hired a hitman to attack Kerrigan with a collapsible baton at the U.S. Figure Skating Skating. Kerrigan's knee was injured, but she recovered in time to compete and win a silver medal in the 1994 Lillehammer games. Harding later offered a guilty plea in exchange for probation, community service and a hefty fine. John Berman will have our report tonight. Embedded here is his GMA report from earlier this week where the question of a Kerrigan curse is raised.

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