Dodger Fan Stabbed to Death Near AT&T Park [UPDATED]
Our sister site SFist has the story on a Dodger fan getting stabbed to death several blocks away from AT&T Park after the Giants 6-4 victory.
Jonathan Denver, 24, was walking away from the ballpark with his father and brother, all wearing Dodger clothing, when an verbal altercation began near Third and Harrison streets. A knife and a bat were then produced, and Denver was stabbed to death at around 11:30 p.m. — less than 90 minutes after the game ended.
Authorities have not revealed additional details as to what sparked the fight or confirmed whether Denver and his family had attended the game. But it's pretty safe to assume that a group of three guys walking away from AT&T Park in the SoMa district of San Francisco in Dodger blue had attended a Giants and Dodger game.
So I guess it's safe to assume the wave of hysteria over the safety at Giants games in San Francisco to begin right about now?
After the Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten in the Dodger Stadium parking lot in 2011, people everywhere started saying how unsafe Dodger Stadium was, how the gang culture had taken over the Ravine and all kinds of thinly veiled racist comments.
Combine this with another Dodger fan being assaulted in the bathroom at AT&T park in 2012, can we now hop on the wave of Giants fans being every bit as bad as Dodger fans?
So let's start a similar outcry. Where was the police presence a mere blocks from the ballpark? Is the intersection well lit? What will San Francisco, both the city and the team, do about their thug fans?
UPDATE 2:50PM: The Dodgers have issued a statement about Denver's death, and reveal his connection to the ball team:
“The Dodgers are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Jonathan Denver, who is the son of one of our security guards. There is no rational explanation for this senseless act which resulted in Jonathan's death. The pain that this has caused his family and friends is unimaginable. Words are not enough to describe our sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this extremely difficult time.”