Tampa Bay Rays prospect’s family killed in Virginia triple murder

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WNCN) — A Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer Blake Bivens wife and child are among three killed in Virginia according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Authorities arrested Mathew Bernard, 19, Tuesday at a Virginia church. Bernard was naked when authorities apprehended him. He has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder, authorities say.

Blake Bivens is a pitcher for the Rays affiliate the Montgomery Biscuits. The team abruptly canceled their Tuesday night game after hearing the news.

The team sent out a social media announcement that provided limited details other than that it had experienced “a tragic event within the Biscuits family.”

Authorities earlier in the day indicated that Bernard may be related to victims in the triple murder.

The team asked for privacy and said it will provide “an update when it’s appropriate.”

Their opponent, the Chatanooga Lookouts, sent out a tweet as well saying “Our thoughts are with the entire Tampa Bay Rays and Montgomery Biscuits organizations.”

The Durham Bulls are the Triple-A affiliate for the Tampa Bay Rays.

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