Jonathan Denver is the Los Angeles Dodgers fan who was stabbed dead by San Francisco Giants fans after the rival teams squared off September 26 in San Francisco.
Denver was walking with his brother and father near the Giants’ AT&T stadium when he was attacked and killed by three men, reports CBS Los Angeles.
Here’s what you need to know about him and this horrific crime:
1. Denver Was Wearing Dodgers Gear
SF Gate reports say that a fight broke out between two groups of men after the game at around 11:40 p.m. The Giants won the game, 6-4. Denver, 24, was with his father and brother when an argument with three other men, Giants fans, broke out. Police say a knife was pulled during the altercation, which reportedly involved 10 people. The attack happened at Third and Harrison Street, close to the stadium (above).
Denver attended the game with his family but left after the eight inning. His attackers were not in stadium.
2. He Died at the Hospital
Denver, 24, was transported to a local hospital after the fight was broken up where he was pronounced dead from his injuries, ABC Los Angeles reports he was stabbed. Another man was also brought to San Francisco General Hospital after the altercation after he was punched several times, he has been released.
Two men, ages 18 and 21, were arrested in relation to the crime. According to The Associated Press, one man is facing homicide charges.
3. Denver Was From the Los Angeles Area
Dodger fan killed after Giants game had recent alcohol related arrests but seems no violence on record. pic.twitter.com/sB9K4JBAaX
— Laura Anthony (@LauraAnthony7) September 26, 2013
Denver was originally from Alhambra, just outside of Los Angeles. Reports indicate he was working as a plumber’s apprentice at North Coast Plumbing in Fort Bragg. He had been working at North Coast Plumbing, Heating and Sheet Metal Inc. since 2011 according to The San Francisco Chronicle.
4. Denver’s Father Worked at Dodger Stadium
A spokesman for the LA Dodgers has said that Denver’s father worked security at Dodger Stadium, reports The Associated Press. His father was also caught-up in the altercation that cost his son his life on September 25.
5. The Dodgers/Giants Rivalry Has Resulted in Tragedy Before
This is latest in a long line of incidents between the two teams. In March 2011, Giants fan Bryan Stow was attacked in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium following the team’s opening day clash. Stow suffered from brain damage after the attack. Coincidentally, Tuesday nights game was held in honor of Stow, with ticket proceeds going to help his family care for him.
A Giants spokesperson said: “We’re obviously very concerned about the situation and trying to understand exactly what happened.” She added that there would be increased security for future games between the two teams.
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