Matthew Bernard aka Matthew Thomas Bernard is 19 years old was taken into custody by police while running naked through Keeling, Virginia, hours after the murders. It shocked the residence and family member after Matthew killed his mother, sister, and 1-year-old nephew at his home in rural Pittsylvania County.
Furthermore, the victims include 24-year-old Emily Bernard Bivens and Cullen Bivens, the wife and son of Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect Blake Bivens. This incident occurred on the morning of August 27.
Curently, Pittsylvania County Police Department has arrested Bernard on three counts of first-degree murder and Police say when they arrived at the home, they found a woman dead in the driveway of the residence. When police entered the home, they found another woman and a child dead.
ABC 13’s Kyle Wilcox was standing in the media staging area when Bernard ran past reporters, attacked a church groundskeeper by putting his hands around his neck, and a police officer chased him down the street after macing him and hitting him with a nightstick to no avail.
According to WSLS-TV, the family’s dog was also shot and killed. Matthew Bernard’s father, Nelson Bernard, was not killed, but the suspect’s uncle told the news station that Nelson Bernard was home at the time of the murders.
Matthew Bernard graduated from Dan River High School in 2019. He had been attending a local community college and had been attending Danville Community College.
The suspect’s brother-in-law is pro baseball player Blake Bivens, a 24-year-old Virginia native who has been pitching in the Tampa Bay Rays organization since he was drafted in 2014. Bivens is currently a member of the Montgomery Biscuits in Double A. The team postponed its game on Tuesday, August 27, after learning of the deaths of Bivens’ family members.
The Montgomery Biscuits postponed their Game after Blake Bivens learned his wife of 3 years & his 1-Year-Old Son had been Murdered.
In June, on his birthday, Blake Bivens posted photos and videos of his son and wrote, “Happy 1st Birthday to my little man! Daddy loves you!” His Instagram page is filled with loving messages and photos of his family. He wrote in January 2018, “Happy 2nd Anniversary to the life partner anyone can ask for! Love you.”