Naturally, there's a certain gravity involved in delivering tragic news, but even we must break now and admit we've never heard anything like this before.
According to reports out of Portuguesa, Venezuela, former Braves pitcher and current Cubs Spring Training invitee Williams Perez accidentally killed a 52-year-old man when the gun he was handing him discharged.
All indications are there was no foul play involved.
Former Braves RHP Williams Pérez accidentally killed Cesar Quintero, 52, a former baseball coach while he was training in Portuguesa. Quintero got shot accidentally while Perez was giving his gun to the former coach.— Marcos Grunfeld M. (@bvenezolano) February 9, 2018
Cesar Quintero, the victim, was a former baseball coach who was aiding Perez in his training for the upcoming MLB season. The 26-year-old hurler hopes to hook on with the Cubs after he scuffled to find a foothold in Atlanta.
While this is currently being ruled a tragic accident, that doesn't mean the investigation into the matter isn't ongoing.
Former #Braves pitcher Williams Perez alleged to have shot and killed a coach while playing in Venezuelan Winter League. It's believed to have been accidental according to reports. Police are investigating. https://t.co/0fKtcPCXUE— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) February 9, 2018
Perez certainly has other things on his mind now, on the verge of reporting to camp, but this tremendous and horrifying distraction absolutely takes precedent in his mental real estate now.
The hurler spent 2017 at Triple-A with the Iowa Cubs, and is currently detained in Venezuela while waiting to be absolutely cleared of any wrongdoing in this tremendously upsetting matter.