Minor League Baseball player Blake Bivens is mourning the death of his wife, son, and mother-in-law, who were found dead in Virginia.
The bodies of Joan Denise Jefferson Bernard, 62, Emily Bernard Bivens, 25, and Cullen Micah Bivens, 14 months, were discovered Tuesday morning, Aug. 27, 2019.
Matthew Thomas Bernard, Bivens’s brother-in-law, has been arrested, charged with three counts of first-degree murder and has not yet entered a plea, authorities said.
Police responded to the Virginia home to find a woman dead in the driveway and a baby and another woman dead inside of the home, according to reports.
Bivens took to Instagram to express his heartbreak at the loss on Thursday night, Aug. 29. He also posted a series of photos and wrote individual messages to each of his slain family members in the caption.
“Two days ago my heart was turned to ash. My life as I knew it is destroyed,” Bivens said. “I shake and tremble at the thought of our future without them.”
“Emily, my sweetheart, you are the best wife and mother this world has ever seen,” he said. “Your love and kindness changed countless lives, including mine.”
To his son, Cullen, Bivens said he couldn’t breathe without him. Bivens added, “I finally understood what love was when you were born and I would have done anything for you.”
To his mother-in-law, Bivens expressed gratitude for the love she had for her family and the woman she raised.
A first court appearance has not been scheduled for Bernard.
It’s not clear what motivated the murders, but Bernard’s uncle, Bryant Bernard, told CNN that the murders were unlike the churchgoing nephew he knew, Bernard was acting oddly before the murders.
Something changed in Bernard over a short period of time. Bryant revealed that he was having bad dreams last week and that “he’d seen demons around his bed …” Bryant said. “He said something to his mother that something’s going on and it’s gotta stop today and he left.”
“Unless you know someone, you don’t know what happened. We don’t know what happened and it’s our own family,” he said.