The man that was stabbed to death after the Giants-Dodgers baseball game on Wednesday night at AT&T Park was identified as reported by Mercury News. His name is Jonathan Denver, a Dodger fan wearing his team’s apparel when the fatal incident happened.
Based on a police report, the stabbing happened at about 11:39 p.m. few blocks from the stadium at Third and Harrison streets when two groups of men got into verbal confrontation. It suddenly turned ugly as fight broke out, and 24-year old Denver was stabbed.
He died from injuries when he was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital. There were two people arrested in the fatal stabbing as police are gathering more information on the witnesses, as reported by ESPN Los Angeles.
Giants and Dodgers rivalry among fans has been a bitter one in the last couple of years. In MLB opening day in March 2011, Giants’ fan Bryan Stow was attacked by Dodger fans after the game outside at Dodger Stadium.
The former paramedic from Santa Cruz, suffered fatal head injury that resulted to a brain damage after the attack. The Giants and Dodgers will still play tonight on the final game of the series where in fact Giants organization are contributing $10 to the Bryan Stow Fund for every special-event ticket purchased for tonight's game.
San Francisco police will send extra officers to the ballpark for tonight's game, according to Officer Gordon Shyy, a department spokesman.
"We want people to feel safe coming to AT&T Park," Shyy said. "There is no room for this type of behavior. The rivalry should stay on the field. We're working with the Giants to make sure nothing spills out."
The Los Angeles Dodgers are MLB playoff bound this year after they clinch the NL West division few days ago.
It was learned later by KTLA, that Denver whose father Robert Preece works as a security guard for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Michael Montgomery, a 21-year-old has been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing was booked on suspicion of homicide according to San Francisco police.
Los Angeles Dodgers issued a statement about the tragic incident:
"The Dodgers are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Jonathan Denver, who is the son of one of our security guards."
"There is no rational explanation for this senseless act which resulted in Jonathan's death. The pain that this has caused his family and friends is unimaginable. Words are not enough to describe our sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this extremely difficult time."
The San Francisco Giants released their statement as well,
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."