Pitcher: Life 'destroyed' by slayings of wife, son, in-law

Pitcher: Life 'destroyed' by slayings of wife, son, in-law

Bivens, 24, is a pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, and now plays for the team's Double-A affiliate, the Montgomery Biscuits, in Alabama.

Emily Bivens was married to Blake Bivens, a 24-year-old pitcher for Alabama's Montgomery Biscuits, a Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: The suspect in a triple homicide in Pittsylvania County, 19-year-old Matthew Bernard, ran toward Kyle Wilcox WSET & Brion D. Humphrey while they were at a staging area - he also choked the church's caretaker. He is accused of killing his mother, Joan Bernard, 62; his sister Emily Bernard Bivens, 25; and her child, Cullen Bivens, 14 months old.

"I can go on for days about how much you have changed me for the better".

Sheriff's deputies were called to a home in southern Virginia around 8 a.m. Tuesday after a neighbor reported that they thought someone had been shot and discovered the three victims.

Bernard was shown by local media outlets running around the town naked before police were able to apprehend him. "You made me into the man I am today and you loved me with all of my flaws".

Matthew Thomas Bernard, 18, was arrested on three counts of first-degree murder, according to CNN.

"Joan you were the best mother-in-law anyone could ask for", he added.

Bivens said his son "changed my life forever" and "you are my reason why". "You loved your family more than anyone I've ever seen", he wrote. "Matthew is my cousin and I will love him and be there for him if I am ever able to because what the public has seen was not him at all and as a family, we would never imagine this could have happened". "I've been blessed beyond belief", he wrote.

The Tampa Bay Ray's Organization released a statement Tuesday night on behalf of Blake Bivens. "I'm not sure what is next for me, but I do know God has a plan even though I can't see it".

The Chattanooga Lookouts canceled their Tuesday doubleheader with the Biscuits but at the time didn't officially explain why. "Our hearts are broken for Blake".

Biscuits pitcher Ryan Thompson said Bivens struggled with the distance his baseball career created between him and his family. "We put him in a auto to go to the airport and three minutes later we found out what happened".

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