Earlier this week, a heartbreaking scene unfolded in a rural Virginia town.
Minor league pitcher Blake Bivens lost his wife, son and mother-in-law in a triple homicide. According to multiple reports, the suspect, Bivens' brother-in-law, shot and killed all three before running from police.
Police arrested the suspect, Matthew Bernard, and charged him with all three murders.
The Tampa Bay Rays minor league pitcher posted a heartbreaking message on Instagram.
"Two days ago my heart was turned to ash. My life as I knew it is destroyed. The pain my family and I feel is unbearable and cannot be put into words. I shake and tremble at the thought of our future without them," he said in the post.
Bivens posted a message for Emily, his wife, Joan, his mother-in-law and his son.
The 2014 fourth-round draft pick, was on a road trip with the double-A Montgomery Biscuits when he received the tragic news.
“I’ll never forget his face. He was scared,” Biscuits manager Morgan Ensberg said Thursday during a news conference. “He was nervous. He didn’t know what was going on. He couldn’t get in touch with his family and so we knew something was obviously wrong.”
“We put him in a car to go to the airport and three minutes later we found out what happened. I hopped in the car and went to the airport with him.”
Our thoughts are with the Bivens family.