REPORT: LOOTERS LEFT VENTURA TO DIE IN CAR
Disturbing but unverified details have emerged about the death of Royals RHP Yordano Ventura in a car crash Sunday in his native Dominican Republic.
A story in the Spanish-language site Pio Deportes said journalist Euri Cabral reported that Ventura "was carrying items such as cash, garments that included his World Series ring and other valuable items, which were stripped" after the crash.
Royals GM Dayton Moore told the Kansas City Star that he's aware of the report but did not comment further. It's known by the Royals that Ventura's mother, Marisol, seeks an investigation.
Yordano Ventura's grandfather talked to Pio Deportes and said details were not clear about what had happened after Ventura's Jeep crashed but asked the authorities to investigate further.
"We have no sign of how it all was. We want a clarification by the National Police. We are not very clear about that, we would like it to be thoroughly investigated," Raul Hernandez said.
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