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Tampa Bay Rays’ Prospect Faces Personal Tragedy

The wife and child of Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect Blake Bivens were reportedly killed in a triple homicide in Pittsylvania County, Va. on Tuesday.

The Rays acknowledged the tragedy with a statement on Twitter Tuesday evening.

“Our hearts are broken for Blake,” the statement reads. “We are grieving with him and will support him any way we can.”

Bivens, 24, plays for the Southern League’s Montgomery Biscuits.

The Biscuits cancelled their doubleheader against the Chattanooga Lookouts citing a “tragic event within the Biscuits family.”

Team CEO Lou Di Bella later released a statement on Bivens.

“Earlier today, we learned that one of our players, Blake Bivens, suffered unimaginable loss,” De Bella wrote. “First and foremost, the Biscuits’ thoughts and prayers are with Blake and all those who have been impacted by this tragedy.”

The Rays selected Bivens in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB draft out of high school. He’s 4-0 with a 3.95 ERA and one save while working primarily as a relief pitcher this season.

Biven’s wife’s 18-year-old brother Matthew Thomas Bernard of Keeling, Va. has been charged in all three murders, according to the Yahoo Sports report.