Baseball star Blake Bivens wife, son and mother-in-law killed by his brother-in-law, 18, ‘who then went on naked rampage’
A BASEBALL star’s wife, young son and mother-in-law have allegedly been killed by a teen family member who then went on a naked rampage.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Bivens’ wife Emily, son Cullen, Emily’s mother and their pet dog were found dead at their home in rural Virginia, US.
His wife’s brother Matthew Bernard, 18, was arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder yesterday.
After the killings, Bernard is understood to have stripped naked and gone on the run before allegedly attacking a groundskeeper at a local church.
Dramatic photos appear to show Bernard sprinting naked across fields and trying to strangle the staff member at Keeling Baptist Church.
Cops reportedly caught up with him and pepper sprayed him, although this proved ineffective.
They then beat him with batons and arrested him, according to WSLS.
Police were alerted to the triple killing when a 911 caller reported that someone had been shot at the home in Pittsylvania County at around 8am.
When cops arrived at the scene, they found a woman dead in the driveway of the home.
After entering the home, police discovered the bodies of a second woman and a child.
Bivens, who is attached to Major League Baseball (MLB) side the Tampa Bay Rays, has been playing minor league baseball for the Montgomery Biscuits.
The Biscuits have postponed tonight’s game as a mark of respect.
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A spokesman for the Tampa Bay Rays said: “Earlier today we learned that Blake 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.”
A Minor League Baseball statement said: “Our thoughts & prayers are with the family, friends and teammates of Blake Bivens in the wake of a terrible family tragedy, as well as the entire Rays organization, during this very difficult time.”
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