Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer Blake Bivens suffered an unspeakable tragedy after learning that his wife, 1-year-old son and mother-in-law were murdered this week in a triple homicide in Keeling, Virginia on Tuesday.
The 18-year-old brother of Bivens’ wife has been charged with first-degree murder in the slayings, who acted in an extremely bizarre fashion before being pepper sprayed and subdued with a baton by authorities. You can read the details here.
The 24-year-old released his first public statement since the tragedy, and it’s impossible for your heart not to ache for the man.
“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.
“Emily, my sweetheart, you are the best wife and mother this world has ever seen. You made me into the man I am today and you loved me with all of my flaws. You brought our precious baby boy into this world and made our family complete. Your love and kindness changed countless lives, including mine.
“My sweet little boy, dada loves you so much! I can’t breathe without you here. I finally understood what love was when you were born and I would have done anything for you. You have changed my life forever, you are my reason why. I long to hold the both of you again in heaven. I’m so glad you are with all your Great-grandmothers now, I know they are eating you up. This earth did not deserve either of you; you were just too wonderful to comprehend.
“Joan you were the best mother-in-law anyone could ask for. You loved your family more than anyone I’ve ever seen. You raised the most wonderful girl in the world. I’m so glad y’all are still together. You were the best Nana this world has ever seen and I will never forget you.
“Skip you are a wonderful father and grandfather. We will get through this together as a family. We will not let the devil win!
“Thank you God for giving me the most wonderful family in the world! I’ve been blessed beyond belief.
“Thank you to all my family and friends who have reached out to me during this time of sorrow. Thank you @raysbaseball @biscuitbaseball for your support through everything. I am comforted by all the messages and well wishes. I’m not sure what is next for me, but I do know God has a plan even though I can’t see it.”
According to AL, Bivens flew from a road trip back to southern Virginia when he learned of the horror. Montgomery Biscuits manager Morgan Ensberg accompanied him.
“It was awful,” Ensberg said. “Blake is an incredibly strong man. He’s an incredibly strong man, and he went through just a rotation of tearing up, and then he would shake and then he would just stare.
“I didn’t let him out of my sight.”
Biscuits pitcher Ryan Thompson said Bivens’ family was on his mind “all the time.”
“His family was everything to him,” said an emotional Thompson, who described Bivens as a close friend with a “hilarious” sense of humor.
“He never lets the game get in the way of who he is as a human being. He’s such a great guy, and something like this couldn’t happen to a better human being,” Thompson said.
A GoFundMe page has been created in support of Bivens and his family. At the time of this writing, the fund has amassed over $54,000 of the $50,000 goal.