Update: Man faces homicide charge in Dodgers fan's slaying

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San Francisco police officers gather outside AT&T Park before the San Francisco Giants' baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in San Francisco, Monday, April, 11, 2011. At the time, the Giants beefed up security for a three-game series against the Dodgers less than two weeks after a fight at Dodger Stadium left a Giants fan in a medically induced coma. This week, a man was stabbed to death after a fight broke out near San Francisco's stadium, where the Giants were playing the Dodgers.

Two people were taken into custody over the stabbing death of a man after a Dodgers-Giants game in San Francisco. Police now say that the incident began as a heated argument over a Dodgers-Giants rivalry before turning violent. The victim was identified as 24-year-old Jonathan Denver, who was said to be a Dodgers fan wearing Dodgers gear when the fight broke out.

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Updated 5:50 p.m. Man faces homicide charge in Dodgers fan's slaying 

San Francisco police say a 21-year-old man faces a homicide charge in the fatal stabbing of a Los Angeles Dodgers fan after team's game against the Giants.

Police said Thursday that Michael Montgomery, of Lodi, is being charged in the death of 24-year-old Jonathan Denver.

Police say Denver was walking with his father, brother and two other people not far from the San Francisco Giants' ballpark late Wednesday when their group exchanged words with some Giants fans who were leaving a nightclub.

The exchange turned physical and Denver, who was wearing Dodgers gear, was stabbed to death.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr says Montgomery made incriminating statements to investigators.

Another suspect remains in custody as the investigation continues.

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Updated 3:35 p.m. 2 of this week's Dodgers/Giants games were fundraisers for beating victim Bryan Stow

The same week as the stabbing murder of Los Angeles Dodgers fan Jonathan Denver following a San Francisco Giants/Dodgers game in San Francisco, two of the three Giants versus Dodgers games were already scheduled to be fundraisers for Bryan Stow, beaten by Dodgers fans two years ago in the Dodger Stadium parking lot and left with ongoing trauma.

Tuesday and Thursday's games between the Giants and the Dodgers at San Francisco's AT&T Park, as well as Sunday's game between the Giants and the San Diego Padres, are Bryan Stow fundraisers, according to the Giants' special events calendar. Ten dollars from each ticket is scheduled to go to the Bryan Stow Fund, according to the Giants.

Denver’s aunt, Janet Alvarado, spoke with NBC4's Kim Baldonado at her home in Covina.
 
"It never dawned on us to worry or be frightened for them,” Alvarado told NBC4. “I wish I could tell you how this happened and why this happened. I have no clue why anyone would do this to my family."

Mike Roe

Updated 3:03 p.m. Dodgers confirm victim was son of stadium security guard 

The Dodgers issued a statement Thursday afternoon — along with several social media posts— regarding the death of 24-year-old Jonathan Denver. 

 “The Dodgers are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Jonathan Denver, who is the son of one of our security guards,” the LA Dodgers wrote in a press release.  “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." 

Updated 12:27 p.m.: Dodgers-Giants rivalry led to fan stabbing in SF 

The rivalry between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers turned violent when a Dodgers fan was fatally stabbed near San Francisco's AT&T Park after the two teams played, police said on Thursday.

The victim, 24-year-old Jonathan Denver, was wearing Dodgers gear when he and the group he was with got into an argument Wednesday night with another group of people, one of whom was wearing a Giants hat, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said. The two groups exchanged insults about the Giants-Dodgers rivalry before the argument escalated, and Denver was fatally stabbed.

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"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," Suhr said.

Suhr said two suspects have been taken into custody, but another two remain at large. He did not release the suspects' identities.

Denver attended the game, which the Giants won 6-4, with relatives before they all left in the eighth inning and went to a bar. The suspects went to a nightclub in the area, but did not attend the game, Suhr said.

The two groups crossed paths on a street near the ballpark around 11:30 p.m.

The Giants and Dodgers are longtime division rivals. The Giants were the defending World Series champions. But this year, the Dodgers won the division while the Giants were set to miss the playoffs.

The Giants said in a statement that they were saddened to learn about the Denver's death.

"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 team said in a statement.

The violence comes just three days after a teenage football fan was attacked at San Francisco's Candlestick Park during the San Francisco 49ers 27-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Other violence broke out at the game on Sunday despite an increase in security. The stadium was also the site of two shootings, beatings and fights during a preseason game two years ago.

Stadium security and fan behavior also came under scrutiny when another Dodgers-Giants matchup saw a Northern California paramedic severely beaten. Bryan Stow, a Giants fan, suffered a traumatic brain injury after a beating by two men dressed in Dodgers gear following the March 31, 2011, home opener between the two longtime rivals.

The Giants are holding a fundraiser for Stow. The team will donate $10 from each ticket sold in certain sections of AT&T Park at Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday's games to a fund setup for Stow, Slaughter said.

— Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press

Updated 12:14 p.m. San Francisco Giants issue statement on stabbing

The San Francisco Giants issued a statement following a man was stabbed to death at a Dodgers/Giants game in San Francisco late Wednesday night.

The statement notes that the stabbing was several blocks from the ballpark. The Giants said that they were working with police to step up enforcement around the park and planned a moment of silence before Thursday evening's game.

"We were deeply saddened to learn of last night's horrific incident that occurred several blocks from the ballpark and resulted in the tragic death of 24-year old Jonathan Denver. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. 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."

Mike Roe

Updated 10:14 a.m. 2 arrested in stabbing at ballpark

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr says two people have been arrested in the fatal stabbing of a Dodgers fan near San Francisco's AT&T Park after the Giants' 6-4 win over the Dodgers.

Suhr did not provide additional details about the arrests. He told the San Francisco Chronicle earlier that the victim was a Dodgers fan and was wearing Dodgers gear.

The Medical Examiner's office has identified the victim as 24-year-old Jonathan Denver. Cameron Mullins, an investigator with the office, said authorities were still trying to determine the city where Denver lived.

It was not clear whether the victim's gear played a role in the Wednesday night attack. The Giants and Dodgers are longtime division rivals.

Police have released few additional details about the stabbing other than to say it occurred shortly after 11:30 p.m. during a confrontation between two groups of men.

AP

7:38 a.m.: A man was stabbed to death after a fight broke out near San Francisco's AT&T Park, where the Giants were playing the Los Angeles Dodgers, authorities said.

Police were releasing few details about the stabbing other than to say it occurred shortly after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at Third and Harrison streets during a confrontation between two groups of men. Police have detained three people in the area and are interviewing witnesses, but have not made any arrests, Sgt. Danielle Newman said.

She said police were not disclosing additional information, including whether the fight involved rival fans.

The violence comes just three days after a teenage football fan was attacked at San Francisco's Candlestick Park during the San Francisco 49ers 27-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Other violence broke out at the game on Sunday despite an increase in security. The stadium was also the site of two shootings, beatings and fights during a preseason game two years ago.

Stadium security and fan behavior also came under scrutiny when another Dodgers-Giants matchup saw a Northern California paramedic severely beaten. Brian Stow, a Giants fan, suffered a traumatic brain injury after a beating by two men dressed in Dodgers gear following the March 31, 2012, home opener between the teams.

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