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Brother of former Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez stabbed to death

Former Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez.
Former Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez. jsleezer@kcstar.com

A brother of former Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez was killed Monday in the Dominican Republic.

According to Quisqueyanos En Los Deportes, Brandy Volquez was stabbed in the city of Santo Domingo Oeste. The report says that a suspect is in custody.

A Dominican TV station said a brawl resulted in Brandy’s death. Around 3 a.m. Monday, Brandy was involved in a fight with two brothers in the El Cafe de Herrera district, according to that report, and one man is in custody, while another is in an area hospital.

“I don’t think they were bad people,” Volquez told CDN. “(Brandy) had a family and it’s shameful what happened last night. I hope justice is served.”

Brandy Volquez, who was 25, is survived by five children, according to CDN.

Volquez posted this to his Instagram account:

It was more heartache for Volquez, who, as a free agent this offseason, signed a two-year contract with the Miami Marlins.

Before his start in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series, Volquez’s father, Daniel, died at the age of 63 after dealing with heart disease. Eddie Volquez didn’t learn about his father’s death until after his start in that game.

It was Volquez’s family that asked the team not to tell him about Daniel’s death.

Volquez attended his father’s funeral, but returned to start Game 5 of the World Series that year.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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