June 13, 2020
Minor League Baseball pitcher, Blake Bivens, narrated his experience after finding out about the demise of his wife, son, and mother-in-law.
Blake Bivens finally found the strength to open up about the death of his wife, Emily Bivens, his mother-in-law, Joan Bernard, and 14-month-old son, Cullen Bivens, months after the unfortunate incident.
He spoke out about the August 2019 triple homicide in May during a church service at The River Church in Danville, which was live-streamed on Facebook.
Bivens was staying in Chicago with the rest of his teammates when he was suddenly asked to come home. He had suspected that something had gone wrong when he received no message from Emily that morning and was unable to contact her.
His lawyers have requested a mental health evaluation before the case can proceed.
His suspicions were confirmed when he arrived at the airport on his way back home. Bivens went on Facebook to find out what was going on and spotted a headline that stated that a child and two females had been killed. He shared details about the moment he found out during the Livestream. Bivens said:
"The first headline I see is two females, and a small child were gone,…I just immediately began to scream in the middle of the airport.''
Bivens had been beside himself with agony at the airport, but that was not the worst of it. The worst part of the tragic loss came when he arrived at his home and walked into Baby Cullen's bedroom.
Bivens suddenly realized that he would never see his son again. That was the saddest moment in his life, and he does not think he will ever feel as bad as he felt at that time still. He consoled himself with the thought of seeing Cullens again someday. As his struggle got worse, Bivens turned to faith.
He was reading the Bible when he came across a verse which read, "Take heart, for I have overcome the world." The verse flipped a switch in his heart, and at that point, Bivens came to know that the tragic incident would not destroy him. He said:
"That moment for me was one of the biggest moments where I just knew God was with me, and the only thing I knew to do was just laugh…"
He has been able to progress after the horrible homicide, which was allegedly carried out by his brother-in-law, 19-year-old Matthew Thomas Bernard.
Bernard has been arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder of his sister, mother, and nephew after being kept under suicide watch for a month. His lawyers have requested a mental health evaluation before the case can proceed.