Wife, Child of Tampa Bay Rays Prospect Killed In Triple Murder

The player's wife, child and mother-in-law were all killed, allegedly by another family member.

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The wife, child and mother-in-law of Tampa Bay Rays prospect Blake Bivens were killed in an apparent triple homicide. Police believe the killer was Bivens' brother-in-law, who was arrested hours later.

Just an awful tragedy: The wife and child of Blake Bivens, a Double-A pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, were among three people killed in rural Virginia on Tuesday, sources tell ESPN. Police have charged Bivens' wife's brother with first-degree homicide.

— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 28, 2019

The triple homicide occurred in Keeling, Virginia. Police were called to the scene on the morning of August 27, with a neighbor calling in to report that they believed someone had been shot. The responding officer found a woman's body in the driveway and entered the home to find another woman and a one-year-old, both deceased. 

Police arrested the suspected murderer Matthew Bernard several hours later. The 19-year-old was found naked outside of a nearby church. Pictures from the scene make it plain that he had been pepper-sprayed but appeared to be unaffected. Police chased him into a field, hit him with batons, and took him into custody at the campground owned by Bernard's family.

Bivens' minor league double-header scheduled for today was canceled, with the opposing team sending their "deepest condolences and sympathies."

Tonight's doubleheader has been CANCELLED.

The Chattanooga Lookouts and the Montgomery Biscuits have announced that due to a tragic event within the Biscuits family the Lookouts are cancelling tonight’s games. pic.twitter.com/xZ58AfaVGY

— Chattanooga Lookouts (@ChattLookouts) August 27, 2019
We're with you, Blake. pic.twitter.com/gJqdUCIf7p

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