A minor leaguebaseballplayer’s wife, son and mother-in-law were allegedlymurdered Tuesday by his brother-in-law in their ruralVirginiahometown, according to reports.
Deputies found the body of a woman in a driveway and the bodies of another woman and a child inside the home in Keeling, Va., prompting a three-hour manhunt for the alleged killer,USA Todayreported. The player was reportedly Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer Blake Bivens.
An unarmed and naked Matthew Bernard, who is Bivens’ wife’s brother, was found running through the woods just after noon, the Danville Register & Bee reported. The 19-year-old was arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder, Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office said. In a video obtained by WSET-TV, a naked Bernard and an officer are seen in the parking lot of the Keeling Baptist Church. The suspect strangles a man outside the church. The officer maces the suspect and chases after him before finally bringing him into custody The Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office has not released the identities or the causes of death for the three victims. ESPN’s Jeff Passan was the first to report the Virginia triple homicide was connected to Bivens. The Tampa Bay Rays later released a statement that Bivens “suffered a terrible family tragedy in southern Virginia.” “Our hearts are broken for Blake. We are grieving with him and will support him any way we can. We ask that everyone respect the privacy of the Bivens family and the Biscuits family during this extremely difficult time,” the statement read...Continue Reading