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San Francisco Police: Man Killed in Fight Between Dodgers, Giants Fans

| September 26, 2013
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Update: From KTVU:

One of two suspects detained in the fatal stabbing of a Dodgers fan — the son of a Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium security guard — near AT&T Park last night has been arrested on a homicide charge, authorities said Thursday.

Police said the man “made admissions” during his interview with detectives. A second suspect detained at 2nd and Howard early Thursday was still being questioned.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said two other suspects were still being sought in the confrontation over the teams’ rivalry that took place at about 11:39 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Third and Stillman near the ballpark. Full story

Pregame at a Giants Game ATT Park recently. (David Weir/KQED)

Pregame at AT&T Park recently. (David Weir/KQED)

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN and KQED) San Francisco police say two men have been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of a man several blocks from AT&T Park after a Giants-Dodgers game on Wednesday night. The victim has been identified by the medical examiner’s office as 24-year-old Jonathan Denver.

Denver, dressed in Los Angeles Dodgers clothing, was stabbed with a sharp object during an altercation that broke out about 11:35 p.m. near Third and Harrison streets, four blocks from the ballpark. Denver, of Fort Bragg, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died, police said. A second victim was punched several times and was treated for minor injuries.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said the victims had left the game in the eighth inning, around 10 p.m.,  and crossed paths with a group of suspects at Stillman Alley, under a freeway overpass. A back-and-forth related to the Giants-Dodgers rivalry ensued, and it deteriorated into a physical altercation. That ended with no serious injuries. But a second fight started, during which Denver was stabbed. The suspects, who Suhr said were not at the game, then fled the scene. One wore a Giants hat, the chief said.

“The fact that anybody got in any sort of a beef over the Giants and the Dodgers and somebody lost their life, it’s just senseless,” Suhr said.

The fact that anybody got in any sort of a beef over the Giants and the Dodgers and somebody lost their life, it’s just senseless.”

–SF Police Chief Greg Suhr

The weapon with which Denver was stabbed has not yet been found.

In a statement Thursday, the Giants said the team was “deeply saddened” by the incident. “While details are still emerging, we want to be clear that there is absolutely no place in our community for this type of senseless violence. The Giants are working with the San Francisco Police Department to step up enforcement in and around the ballpark tonight and throughout the rest of this final home stand. We will also observe a moment of silence in memory of Mr. Denver before tonight’s
game.”

The incident brought to mind the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow after the team’s 2011 season opener at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Stow suffered severe brain injuries, and the Giants held a fundraiser for him at Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers. They have two more planned for today’s game and their season finale on Sunday against the San Diego Padres.

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