(CNN) The Minor League baseball player, Blake Bivens, sent a heartfelt message to his wife, son, and mother-in-law, who were found dead in a Virginia home.
The bodies of Joan Denise Jefferson Bernard, 62, Emily Bernard Bivens, 25, and Cullen Micah Bivens, 14 months, were discovered Tuesday morning.
Matthew Thomas Bernard, the brother of Bivens's wife, was arrested and charged with three charges of first-degree murder. Authorities said.
Bivens spoke on Thursday in an Instagram post about the loss.
"Two days ago my heart had turned to ashes, my life, as I knew it, is destroyed," he said. He published a series of photos and spoke with each of his killed family members in the caption.
"Emily, darling, you're the best woman and mother this world has ever seen," he said. "Your love and kindness have changed countless lives, including mine."
Bivens told his son Cullen he could not breathe without him.
"I finally understood what love was when you were born and I would have done anything for you," he said.
Bivens thanked his mother-in-law for the love she gave to her family He said he was glad that she and his wife were at least still together when they were gone.
A first court appearance is not planned for Bernard.
Bernard's uncle, Bryant Bernard said the murders were different from the nephew he knew, saying Bernard had changed in a little while.
"If you do not know anyone, you do not know what happened. We do not know what happened, and it's our own family, "he said.