- Victim was son of a dodgers security guard
The man who was fatally stabbed during a confrontation after a Dodgers-Giants game in San Francisco was the son of a Dodgers security guard, the team said Thursday.
Jonathan Denver’s father, Robert Preece, worked security on game days at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers said.
Denver was born in Los Angeles County but was living in Fort Bragg, about 170 miles north of San Francisco, according to public records. He and his brother came to San Francisco to meet their father for the game, said Cas Smith, the owner of North Coast Plumbing in Fort Bragg, where Denver worked.
“He was a hardworking kid,” Smith told KNTV-TV.
Denver, who just started a job as a plumbing apprentice, did have two recent brushes with the law in Mendocino County, according to KGO-TV. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in July, and for public intoxication at the Mendocino County Fair this month.
Police said they didn’t know if alcohol was a factor in Wednesday’s stabbing.
In Fort Bragg, longtime friend Matt Gomes told KGO-TV that Denver was a die-hard Dodgers fan who “was a really great guy who would do anything for anybody and always put a smile on people’s faces when he was around.”
— Terry Collins and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press
Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013 3:22 pm
Updated: 5:20 am, Fri Sep 27, 2013.
The father of a Lodi man accused of fatally stabbing a 24-year-old Dodgers fan said his son told him it was self-defense. Michael Montgomery, 21, was arrested and booked into San Francisco Jail on suspicion of homicide, according to the San Francisco Police Department.
Montgomery is accused of stabbing to death Jonathan Denver, from Fort-Bragg, following altercations near AT&T Park Wednesday night.
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Thursday, September 26, 2013 3:22 pm.
Updated: 5:20 am.