Police say a man who went on a “naked rampage” Tuesday morning is responsible for the deaths of a Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect’s wife, child, and mother-in-law.
CBS Pittsburgh reports that 18-year-old Matthew Thomas Bernard is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Blake Bivens’ family members. Bivens, 24, is a pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays’ Minor League team, the Montgomery Biscuits.
According to police, Bernard, the brother of Bivens’ wife, carried out the gruesome killings inside a Pittsylvania County home in Virginia. Shortly after the killings, Bernard allegedly ran from the home naked and past a media stage area where reporters were filming. The bizarre incident was caught on camera as the naked suspect grabbed a church groundskeeper and tried to choke him.
Police eventually stopped Bernard by macing him and striking him with a nightstick when the suspect ran out of a nearby wooded area, the outlet reports.
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The Montgomery Biscuits canceled its Tuesday night game after learning of the killings, according to ABC 13, and released a statement to the family.
“First and foremost, the Biscuits thoughts and prayers are with Blake and all those who have been impacted by this tragedy.”
The story is developing. Check back for further details.
[Feature Photo: Blake Bivens/Facebook]