Victims identified in Pittsylvania County triple murder

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KEELING, Va. (WDBJ7)-- UPDATE:

The wife, son and mother-in-law of Blake Bivens, a minor league baseball player of the Tampa Bay Rays, have been confirmed by family to be those killed in a triple murder on Tuesday in Pittsylvania County.

Matthew Bernard reportedly killed Bevins wife, Emily, their 14-month-old son, Cullen and Biven's mother-in-law Joan Bernard.

UPDATE: The Pittsylvania Sheriff's Office plans a news conference for 4 p.m. Wednesday with updates to Tuesday's triple murder. We will stream it live on the WDBJ7 Facebook page.

ORIGINAL STORY: The suspect in Tuesday's Pittsylvania County triple murder has been charged with three counts of First-Degree Murder.

Matthew Bernard, 18, of Keeling, has not been scheduled for his first court appearance yet, according to Pittsylvania County officials.

The three victims will be taken to the Medical Examiner's Office in Roanoke for an investigation into the causes and manners of death. Their names have not been released.

Click to watch Tuesday's news conference

Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor said at a news conference Tuesday, "We won't go into the why's (of what happened), because we don't know yet. We're trying to figure that out ourselves."

He continues, "This is a shock to our community, to anybody's community when something like this happens. It's just a reminder of how fragile life is, how things can happen, regardless of where you live, what community you live in. I would say the immediate is threat is gone to this community today. It's a call to vigilance for all of us."

Two women and a child have been listed as the murder victims. One woman was found in the driveway of 1949 Keeling Drive, with the other woman and child being found in the house.

The suspect was found and caught less than a half-mile from the home after trying to escape, but being surrounded by officers after a several-hour manhunt that had public safety officials urging the public to watch for a man with a rifle. Several schools were under a Code Orange Lockdown.

Stay with WDBJ7 for updates on this developing story.

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