Blake Bivens: "My heart was turned to ash." Baseball player shares heart-wrenching tribute to family murdered in triple homicide


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Minor league baseball pitcher Blake Bivens shared a heartbreaking Instagram post honoring his wife, son and mother-in-law Thursday night. It's his first public statement since all three were found dead in Virginia earlier this week."Two days ago my heart was turned to ash," Bivens wrote on Instagram, sharing photos of his slain family members. "My life as I knew it is destroyed."His wife, 25-year-old Emily Bernard Bivens, 14-month-old son Cullen Micah Bivens, and Emily's mom, Joan Denise Jefferson Bernard, 62, were found dead by police Tuesday morning. Authorities arrested Matthew Thomas Bernard, Emily's brother, and charged him with three counts of first-degree murder."The pain my family and I feel is unbearable and cannot be put into words," Bivens wrote. Emily, my sweetheart, you are the best wife and mother this world has ever seen. You loved your family more than anyone I’ve ever seen. Thank you God for giving me the most wonderful family in the world! I’m not sure what is next for me, but I do know God has a plan even though I can’t see it.A post shared by Blake Bivens (@blakebbins) on Aug 29, 2019 at 6:55pm PDTIn his Instagram post, Bivens addressed each of his family members individually, sharing parting words to 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."Addressing Cullen, Bivens said his life is forever changed because of his son."I can't breathe without you here," he said. "I finally understood what love was when you were born and I would have done anything for you."He called his mother-in-law "the best Nana this world has ever seen."Bivens concluded by thanking his friends and family, as well as his baseball community for their support.Bivens, 24, plays for the Tampa Bay Rays' Double-A affiliate, the Montgomery Biscuits. "Sunday Morning" looks back at the life and career of actress Valerie Harper, who earned four Emmys as Rhoda Morgenstern in the sitcoms "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda." Harper died Friday at the age of 80. This episode of CBSN Originals looks at the lives of three families whose kids are popular influencers on social media, while exploring some of the dangers implicit in the “kidfluencer” industry. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that Dorian made landfall in Elbow Cay at 12:40 p.m. ET.

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