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September 27, 2013

Homicide charges coming in Dodgers fan’s slaying

SAN FRANCISCO — 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.

The man who was fatally stabbed was the son of a Dodgers security guard, the team said Thursday.

The Dodgers said Denver’s father, Robert Preece, worked security on game days at Dodger Stadium.

San Francisco police say Denver, 24, was walking with his father, brother and two other people not far from the San Francisco Giants’ ballpark Wednesday night 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.

“There is no rational explanation for this senseless act,” the Dodgers said in a written statement. “The pain that this has caused his family and friends is unimaginable.”

Denver attended the game with his relatives but left in the eighth inning of what turned out to be a 6-4 Giants victory. His attackers did not attend the game, police said.

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