'Give our little pooh bear a kiss for me': Blake Bivens posts birthday wishes to late wife
PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. - In honor of his late wife's 25th birthday, Blake Bivens posted two photos, along with an emotional graveside video to Instagram. Bivens, 24, a pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays farm system, had his life forever changed on Aug. 27, when his wife, 14-month-old son and mother-in-law were all allegedly murdered by his brother-in-law. Bivens grew up in Danville and graduated from George Washington High School in 2014. Along with the photos and video, Bivens posted this message on Oct. 10 to Instagram:Happy 25th Birthday in heaven, baby! Give our little pooh bear a kiss for me.
'My life as I knew it is destroyed': Blake Bivens' emotional post after family is murdered
PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. - Blake Bivens took to Instagram on Wednesday night to share an emotional post just days after his wife, Emily Bivens, and 14-month-old son, Cullen, were murdered. "Emily, my sweetheart, you were the best wife and mother this world has ever seen," Bivens wrote. On his mother-in-law, who was also killed, Bivens wrote, "You loved your family more than anyone I've ever seen. Emily, my sweetheart, you are the best wife and mother this world has ever seen. Thank you God for giving me the most wonderful family in the world!
Friends, family to celebrate lives of Pittsylvania County murder victims with service Saturday
PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. - Family and friends will come together Saturday to celebrate the lives of three family members killed in Tuesday's murders in Pittsylvania County. A funeral service will start at 2 p.m. Saturday for 62-year-old Joan Bernard, 24-year-old Emily Bivens and her 14-month-old son, Cullen Bivens. According to Emily's obituary, their 14-month-old son, who was also killed, was "the love of Emily and Blakes lives." Joan Bernard's obituary said that she "devoted her life to being the best Mama and Nana there ever was." The family will receive friends prior to the 2 p.m. service from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Danville Memorial Gardens.
Baseball community shows love, support for Blake Bivens after his wife, 14-month-old son murdered
PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. - After news began to spread that the wife and son of minor league pitcher Blake Bivens were murdered, many began offering their support, their prayers and more. Biscuits CEO and managing owner Lou DiBella released this statement:"Earlier today, we learned that one of our players, Blake Bivens, suffered unimaginable loss. We ask that everyone respect the privacy of the Bivens family and the Biscuits family during this extremely difficult time. We are here to support Blake, his teammates, all those in the Tampa Bay Rays family, and all impacted by the tragedy. Casey Sadler, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers tweeted:The baseball community is mourning with the tragedy surrounding Blake Bivens family.
Wife, son of Rays pitching prospect killed in Pittsylvania County triple homicide
PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. - The wife and 14-month-old son of Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect Blake Bivens were killed in Tuesday's triple homicide in Pittsylvania County. Bivens' wife, Emily, and their son, Cullen, as well as Bivens' mother-in-law, Joan Bernard, were all killed by Bivens' brother-in-law, Matthew Bernard, according to the suspect's uncle, Bryant Bernard. Blake Bivens, currently a pitcher for the Montgomery Biscuits, a Double-A affiliate, graduated from George Washington High School in Danville in 2014. We ask that everyone respect the privacy of the Bivens family and the Biscuits family during this extremely difficult time. Our Baseball Life, a resource guide for professional baseball families, posted this statement late Tuesday night:We are devastated by the loss of our friend and fellow baseball wife, Emily Bivens, her son Cullen and her mother.