Indians to join Twins in honoring murdered Minnesota boy Jacob Wetterling

Jacob Wetterling patch

MINNEAPOLIS– The Minnesota Twins will remember 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling with a special patch on their uniforms on Friday.

The boy was riding his bike home with his brother and a friend on a rural road in St. Joseph Minnesota on Oct. 22, 1989. That’s when a masked man kidnapped Jacob at gunpoint. His disappearance remained a mystery¬†until Danny James Heinrich, now 53, confessed to the sexually assault and murder of the boy on Tuesday.

On Friday, the Twins will wear red jerseys with a number 11 patch, the team announced. The Cleveland Indians will also wear the “Jacob” patch.

“A fan of all sports, Jacob wore a red number 11 jersey in sports as a child and the Wetterling family asked people to use the number 11 as a symbol of hope to honor their son and show a commitment to making the world a better place for kids,” the Twins said on Thursday.

The Jacob Wetterling Resource Center ask people to live by these 11 traits:

Be fair
Be kind
Be understanding
Be honest
Be thankful
Be a good sport
Be a good friend
Be joyful
Be generous
Be gentle with others
Be positive

Fans can share how they are supporting these characteristics with the hashtags #JacobsHopeLives and #11forJacob. The team will also auction off 11 game-worn jerseys with proceeds going to the foundation.

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