LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles Dodgers officials said yesterday they were “shocked and saddened” at the death of a fan — the son of a Dodger Stadium security guard — who was stabbed to death in San Francisco about 90 minutes after the team’s game against the Giants at AT&T Park.
Police in San Francisco said Jonathan Denver, 24, was stabbed around 11:40 p.m. Wednesday roughly four blocks from the stadium. He was wearing Dodgers attire when he, his father and brother got into an argument with another group of people leaving a nightclub, leading to an altercation, police said. At least one person in the other group was wearing a Giants cap.
Two men were arrested in connection with the attack, and police were still seeking two others.
Police said Denver and his relatives had attended the game, but his alleged attackers did not.
“The Dodgers are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Jonathan Denver, who is the son of one of our security guards,” according to a statement released by the team “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.”
Magic Johnson, Dodgers part-owner, issued a statement on his Twitter page, writing, “From the owners, players and fans, we send our condolences and prayers to friends and family of Dodgers fan Jonathan Denver.”
Denver was believed to be a former resident of Alhambra, where his father lives.
The stabbing was reminiscent of an attack outside Dodger Stadium that left Giants fan Bryan Stow brain damaged following the team’s home opener in 2011. Two men are awaiting trial in connection with that attack.
Stow’s sister, Bonnie, told the Los Angeles Times the family was saddened by the “senseless killing” of Denver.
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