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Wed Aug 28, 2019, 11:17 AM

18-year-old man allegedly killed the wife and child of a Tampa Bay Rays prospect in triple homicide

Teen allegedly murdered the wife and child of a Tampa Bay Rays prospect in triple homicide, reports say



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18-year-old man allegedly killed the wife and child of a Tampa Bay Rays prospect in triple homicide, reports say

By Allyson Chiu
August 28 at 7:09 AM

An 18-year-old man reportedly accused of killing the family of a minor league pitcher in a triple homicide was arrested Tuesday following an hours-long manhunt that culminated in police chasing the naked suspect through the streets of a southern Virginia town.

Matthew Thomas Bernard was charged with three counts of first-degree murder, WDBJ reported. Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor declined to identify the victims, but ESPN reported that they were the wife, son and mother-in-law of Blake Bivens, a 24-year-old pitcher for the Montgomery Biscuits, the Class AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

On Tuesday, the Biscuits announced they were canceling a doubleheader “due to a tragic event within the Biscuits family.” The team’s CEO and managing owner, Lou DiBella, later shared a statement, writing that Bivens had “suffered unimaginable loss.” .... In a statement posted on Twitter, the Rays wrote, “We’re with you, Blake.” The Major League Baseball team noted that Bivens had “suffered a terrible family tragedy in southern Virginia,” adding: “Our hearts are broken for Blake. We are grieving with him and will support him any way we can.”
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Police were dispatched to a house in Keeling, Va., shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday, Taylor said at a news conference. A neighbor had called to report that they “believed someone had been shot,” the sheriff said. ... When authorities arrived, they discovered a woman dead in the driveway and two more bodies, another woman and a child, inside the home, Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office investigator Devin Taylor told USA Today in a statement. ... “This is a shock to our community … it’s just a reminder of how fragile life is,” Mike Taylor, the sheriff, said, according to the Danville Register & Bee.
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Allyson Chiu is a reporter with The Washington Post's Morning Mix team. She has previously contributed to the South China Morning Post and the Pacific Daily News. Follow https://twitter.com/_allysonchiu

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Wed Aug 28, 2019, 02:25 PM

1. I read it was his brother in law ?Terrible & that would be his mother he also killed then

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