Former New York Mets outfielder was identified by the police in Pearland, Texas, as one of two victims in an apparent murder-suicide.
Local officers were responding to a disturbance call Sunday when they found Hamilton’s body near the front entrance of a home. The other person found dead, Monica Jordan, 44, was found dead in a different part of the home that has not yet been identified. The two bodies were found around 4:45 p.m. The two were a married couple and had 14-month-old baby, who was found at the scene unharmed from the chaos and was taken into the care of Texas Child Protective Services.
According to the Brazoria County Appraisal District, the home was owned by Jordan.
Investigators said it appeared that Darryl Hamilton had been shot more than once, and Jordan died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“At this point, it does not appear that there [wasn’t] any kind of struggle. The incident occurred just inside the front door,” police Lieutenant Onesimo Lopez told reporters at the scene.
Both bodies were transported to the Galveston County Medical Examiner, said police. The investigation is ongoing.
Hamilton, 50, hit.291 with 1,333 hits, 707 runs scored, and 454 RBI in his 13 seasons in the major leagues. He ended his career with the Mets, playing with them for parts of three seasons from 1999 to 2001.
Darryl Hamilton played for four other teams during his career: the Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, and the Colorado Rockies. Hamilton first played for the Brewers in 1988 and ended his career in 2001 with the Mets. Hamilton played all three outfield positions, but mostly center. He appeared in the postseason four times, including in the 2000 World Series as a member of the New York Mets. In 1997, Hamilton got the first-ever hit in a regular season interleague game.
After retiring, Hamilton had been working as a studio analyst. He began his broadcast career as a television and radio analyst for the Brewers and Anaheim Angels. Hamilton also worked in the studio for multiple networks, including NBC Sports and the MLB Network.
Friends of Hamilton knew him to be kind, gracious, funny, and insightful.
Fox baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal was among many in the media to express their shock over Hamilton’s murder.
“RIP, Darryl Hamilton. I can’t believe I am even typing this. I loved working with him, loved being around him. Just a fantastic person.”
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