LA Fan Jonathan Denver, 24, Stabbed to Death in San Francisco after Dodgers-Giants Game
Two men have been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Los Angeles Dodgers fan after a Wednesday night baseball game between the visiting dodgers and the archrival San Francisco Giants.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports 24-year-old Jonathan Denver, a plumber’s apprentice from Fort Bragg, Mendocino County, was stabbed at around 11:30 pm in the South of Market neighborhood, six blocks from AT&T Park, less than 90 minutes after the Giants defeated the Dodgers there by a score of 6-4.
Denver, who attended the game with his father, a Dodgers security guard, and other family members, was clad in Dodgers team gear. Police say Denver’s group was leaving a bar when they ran into a group of young men, at least one of whom was wearing a Giants cap, and began exchanging taunts and insults about the 129-year Dodgers-Giants rivalry.
According to San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, the verbal barbs “deteriorated into a fight.” That fight broke up, but the two groups encountered each other and fought again. This time, Denver was stabbed. He later died at San Francisco General Hospital.
Another man who was hospitalized after being repeatedly punched during the brawl was treated and released.
San Francisco police arrested two men, ages 18 and 21, in connection with Denver’s death. Police are searching for two other men and the weapon used in the stabbing.
“One of the suspects that was in custody has made incriminating statements and will be charged with Mr. Denver’s homicide,” Suhr said. “We’re still continuing the investigation in regards to what will happen with the other suspect that’s in custody.”
Suhr called Denver’s killing “senseless.”
“Obviously, this is one of the most storied rivalries in baseball, but there is no place for violence,” he said. “The fact that anyone got in a beef over the Giants vs. Dodgers and someone lost their life, it’s just senseless.”
A spokesman for the Giants said there would be moment of silence observed before Thursday night’s game against the Dodgers.
“We were deeply saddened to learn of last night’s horrific incident that occurred several blocks from the ballpark and resulted in [this] tragic death,” the Giants said in a statement. “We want to be clear that there is absolutely no place in our community for this type of senseless violence.”
Cas Smith, owner of the Fort Bragg company where Denver worked, called the slain man “very nice.”
“He was just a very nice young man, Smith told the Chronicle. “He wanted to be a plumber. He was very promising. He was one of our best apprentices. It’s sad.”
The Dodgers-Giants rivalry has been a catalyst for past violence. In April 2011, Giants fan Bryan Stow, 41, was beaten to within an inch of his life in a parking lot outside Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles following the season opener between the two teams. Stow was hospitalized for more than six months and suffered from long-term brain damage. Two San Bernardino men are awaiting trial for the brutal attack.