Family of Tampa Bay Ray’s Pitching Prospect Blake Bivens Has Been Murdered: Reports

By Alan Cheung
Alan Cheung
Alan Cheung
August 28, 2019 Updated: August 28, 2019

The wife, son, and mother-in-law of Tampa Bay Ray’s pitching prospect Blake Bivens were murdered in southern Virginia.

Police have apprehended and charged a relative for the alleged murder, Tampa Bay Times reported.

The suspect is said to be Matthew Thomas Bernard, the 18-year-old brother of Bivens’s wife, USA Today reported.

The incident was brought to the attention of the police when a neighbor saw a dead body on the driveway of a home located at Keeling Drive in Pittsylvania, Virginia, Daily Mail reported. Emergency services found two additional bodies inside the home. News cameras caught the police chasing a fully-nude Bernard.

Bernard then allegedly tried to strangle a Keeling Baptist Church groundskeeper before he was maced and tased.

Police have not released more details on the murder, but they said that the 18-year-old was earlier armed with a rifle. He was not armed at the time of his arrest.

The victims’ relationships to Bivens were first reported by Jeff Pasan of ESPN.

The Tampa Bay Rays organization confirmed the “terrible family tragedy” when they sent their condolences to the 24-year-old pitcher on Twitter.

“Earlier today we learned that Blake Bivens, a pitcher with our Double-A affiliate, the Montgomery Biscuits, suffered a terrible family tragedy in southern Virginia,” they said.

“Our hearts are broke for Blake,” they added. “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.”

Bivens’s wife, Emily, describes her self as a “lover of Jesus, wife, mama, photographer” on her Facebook page.

The Biscuits cancelled their doubleheader with the Chattanooga Lookoutson Aug. 27, MLB reported.

Alan Cheung
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