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Fort Bragg Dodgers fan fatally stabbed following Giants game

  • San Francisco Giants observe a moment of silence before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, in San Francisco, in memory of Jonathan Denver who was fatally stabbed after a Dodgers-Giants game on Wednesday, not far from At&T Park. Giants' Sergio Romo, left, and Matt Cain, second from left, hold their caps. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)

As San Francisco's AT&T Park filled with baseball fans wearing the orange and blue colors of longtime division rivals Thursday evening, the crowd held a moment of silence in honor of a Fort Bragg man killed the night before.

Jonathan Denver, 24, was stabbed to death Wednesday night during a confrontation between San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers fans after the game, police said. Denver was wearing Dodgers gear and at least one suspect wore a Giants hat, police said.

More than 170 miles north of the San Francisco ballpark, Denver's death reverberated throughout the Mendocino Coast town of just over 7,000 people where he grew up. His mother, Diana Denver of Fort Bragg, was too stricken to speak about her son Thursday.

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“I am grieving for my son,” she said.

On Thursday, San Francisco police boosted security at the evening game. Some officers wore clothing with Dodger logos, Sgt. Danielle Newman said.

“While this is one of the most storied rivalries in baseball ... nobody's life should be at stake whether they are at the game, leaving the game or six blocks away,” San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said at an morning press conference about the killing.

A Lodi man, 21-year-old Michael Montgomery, was in custody late Thursday on suspicion of murder, police said. They were still searching for at least two additional suspects and the weapon used in the stabbing, Newman said.

Denver attended Wednesday night's game with his father Robert Preece, who works as a security guard at Dodger Stadium, as well as his brother and his father's girlfriend. The group left after the eighth inning, before the game ended in a 6-4 Giants win, and went to a nearby bar or restaurant, Newman said.

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