The Dodgers fan from Fort Bragg who was stabbed to death Wednesday night following a San Francisco Giants game was a caring and fun-loving guy who enjoyed sports, partying in the outdoors and riding his all-terrain vehicle, say those who knew him.

Jonathan Denver "was a really sweet guy, very funny, very outgoing," said Amanda Meza of Fort Bragg. "He would give you the shirt off his back."

Denver, 24, died from wounds inflicted during a late-night scuffle, apparently over team loyalties, about six blocks from AT&T Park.

Denver lived in Fort Bragg with his older brother, Robert, who was with him during the fatal confrontation,friends said.

Meza said Robert Denver is too distraught Friday to return his friends' phone calls. His mother has declined to comment.

Denver was born in Southern California but moved to Fort Bragg at an early age and graduated from Fort Bragg High School. "He was a wonderful person," Olivia Jeanette wrote on Facebook.

An employee at the Fort Bragg plumbing business where Denver worked said he and the other employees were like a family.

Meza said she met Denver through her sister, a classmate of his. He was a funny guy who liked to tease and joke, but also very kind, generous and quick to bestow elaborate compliments, she said.

"He would say you're the most gorgeous girl he'd ever seen in his life," Meza said.

Denver got along with all types of people, she said, but the things he really loved doing were typical of "rednecks." He was drawn to country music, rodeos and riding dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles, she said.

He also enjoyed sports, including basketball, football, disc golfing and miniature golf, she said.

On Thursday, some of his friends gathered in his memory at one of his favorite spots near Caspar beach, she said.

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