The Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect whose wife, 14-month-old son and mother-in-law and were killed two days ago in southern Virginia made his first public comment Thursday.
Blake Bivens, a pitcher for the Class AAA Montgomery Biscuits, posted a three-generation photo of his lost family members on Instagram, accompanied by words that expressed his raw emotions.
“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,” it began.
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Bivens praised his wife Emily as “the best wife and mother this world has ever seen.”
Of his son, Cullen: “I finally understood what love was when you were born and I would have done anything for you.”
And to his mother-in-law, Joan Bernard: “You loved your family more than anyone I’ve ever seen.”
Bivens, 24, also thanked the Biscuits and Rays organizations for their support.
“All we can do is kind of put our arms around (Bivens) as an organization, him and his family, and do the best we can,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday.
Police have charged Matthew Thomas Bernard, 18, with three counts of first-degree murder and placed him on suicide watch.
Investigators are still trying to determine a motive, Pittsylvania County Sheriff Michael Taylor said at a news conference Wednesday.