PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, VA. (THECOUNT) — Matthew Bernard has been identified as the Virginia teen accused of killing his mother, sister and 1-year-old nephew at his home in rural Pittsylvania County, authorities say.

Bernard, 19, is accused of killing 24-year-old Emily Bernard Bivens and Cullen Bivens, the wife and son of Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect Blake Bivens. Bernard’s 62-year-old mother, Joan Bernard, was also killed on Tuesday.


Bernard was taken into custody by police while running naked through Keeling, Virginia, hours after the murders, reports HEAVY.

He has since been booked into a local jail, authorities said.

The killings occurred on the morning of August 27. Authorities have not released many details about what led up to the murders and how the victims were killed.


Geo quick facts: Pittsylvania County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 63,506. Its county seat is Chatham. Pittsylvania County is included in the Danville, VA Micropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.