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Brother of Marlins pitcher stabbed to death

Newly-signed Marlins pitcher Edinson Volquez, right, has dealt with family tragedy twice in the past 18 months. His brother was murdered early Tuesday morning, and his father died during the 2015 World Series.
Newly-signed Marlins pitcher Edinson Volquez, right, has dealt with family tragedy twice in the past 18 months. His brother was murdered early Tuesday morning, and his father died during the 2015 World Series. Miami Herald

The Marlins pitching staff suffered another tragedy.

A younger brother of Marlins pitcher Edinson Volquez was stabbed to death in the Dominican Republic earlier this week, according to a report in Quisqueyanos El Los Deportes.

Brandy Volquez, a 25-year-old father of five, was killed during a brawl with two men outside a barber shop in the El Cafe de Herrera district of Santo Domingo Oeste at around 3 a.m. Tuesday. One suspect is in custody, the other is hospitalized.

“[Brandy] had a family, and it’s shameful what happened last night,” Volquez told CDN. “I hope justice is served.”

It is the second time in a year and a half that the Volquez family is dealing with death. Volquez found out his father had died of heart disease just after pitching for the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series. He flew to the Dominican Republic for the funeral and returned to pitch in Game 5.

Volquez signed a two-year deal with the Marlins in November to fill the rotation spot left vacant after star pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in late September. Volquez’ contract was reported to be for $22 million.

When he signed with the Marlins, Volquez said: “I live in Miami, and I really like this team. I’m really excited to pitch in this ballpark. I’ve been playing for a long time with a lot of different teams. This was my favorite team as a kid. This was my first choice.”

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said of the addition of Volquez: “It was an obvious need for us. With Edinson, you have an experienced All-Star who’s been a world champion. I think he’ll fit in nicely on our staff.”

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