Dodgers fan fatally stabbed following Dodgers-Giants game
For the second time in three years, fans were involved in a gruesome incident following a Dodgers-Giants game.
A Dodgers fan was fatally stabbed following the Dodgers-Giants game on Wednesday, reports Kurtis Alexander and Henry K. Lee of the San Francisco Chronicle. The incident occurred four blocks from AT&T Park in downtown San Francisco at roughly 11:30 p.m.
The victim's name has not yet been released, but police confirmed the man was wearing Dodgers gear and was a fan of the team. Three people have been detained in connection to the stabbing and police are interviewing other witnesses. Here's more from the San Francisco Chronicle report:
Officers responded to reports that 10 people, including both Dodgers and Giants fans, were involved in a fight, with one man armed with a knife and a second man armed with a bat. Further details of how the confrontation occurred have not been released.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time Dodgers-Giants rivalry has turned bloody. Giants fan Bryan Stow was critically injured when he was attacked and beaten by two Dodgers fans following a game at Dodger Stadium in 2011.
UPDATE: The victim has been identified as 24-year-old Jonathan Denver. The Giants released the following statement:
We were deeply saddened to learn of last night’s horrific incident that occurred several blocks from the ballpark and resulted in the tragic death of 24-year old Jonathan Denver. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
While details are still emerging, we want to be clear that there is absolutely no place in our community for this type of senseless violence.
The Giants are working with the San Francisco Police Department to step up enforcement in and around the ballpark tonight and throughout the rest of this final home stand. We will also observe a moment of silence in memory of Mr. Denver before tonight’s game.
According to the Dodgers, Denver was the son of a Dodger Stadium security worker. Here more details from the AP:
San Francisco police say Denver was walking with his father, brother and two other people not far from the San Francisco Giants' ballpark Wednesday night when their group exchanged words with some Giants fans who were leaving a nightclub.
The exchange turned physical and Denver, who was wearing Dodgers gear, was stabbed to death.
The AP also notes that the attackers had not attended the game.
"There is no rational explanation for this senseless act," the Dodgers said in a statement. "The pain that this has caused his family and friends is unimaginable."
Condolences to Mr. Denver's friends and family.