Murder marks 2nd time serious violence played a role in the rivalry
One night after the San Francisco Giants held the first of three fundraisers for Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was attacked outside Dodger Stadium in March 2011, another attack occurs, this time in San Francisco. The Dodgers fan was killed Wednesday with mulpiple stab wounds..
Stow, a former paramedic from Santa Cruz, suffered brain damage during the attack following an Opening Day game between the Giants and Dodgers in Los Angeles.
The rivalry between the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers took a sudden violent turn Wednesday night when a fight between two groups of opposing fans resulted in the stabbing death of a 24-year-old man.
According to multiple reports the fight which resulted in the death of Dodgers fan Jonathan Denver started when two groups of people began arguing about the rivalry according to San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr . Suhr said two people are in custody and police are still searching for two other suspects and the murder weapon.
Denver attended Wednesday’s game between Dodgers and the Giants at AT&T Park .
Denver, who was wearing Dodgers apparel, left the ballpark with his group sometime around the eighth inning and headed to a bar.
According to the Contra Costa Times, upon leaving the bar, Denver and his group walked northbound on Harrison Street near Third Street, about six blocks away from the park, when at about 11:30 p.m. they encountered a group of people, one of whom was wearing a Giants cap, Suhr said. The second group had not attended the Giants game that night, and instead were out at a nightclub.
The two groups exchanged words about the Dodgers and Giants rivalry and a fight broke out. The melee eventually broke up.
But minutes later the two groups crossed paths again, and a second fight ensued.
It was during this encounter that Denver was stabbed. He was rushed to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
The Stow family provided a statement this morning following news of the stabbing death of a Dodgers fan.
“We are saddened by this senseless killing and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim’s family,” the statement said.