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Indians and Twins Honor Murdered 11-Year-Old Jacob Wetterling Who Wore Red #11 Jersey

At Friday night’s game between the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins, both teams wore No. 11 patches on their uniforms to honor Jacob Wetterling, the Minnesota boy who was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and murdered in 1989 when he was 11 years old.

Danny James Heinrich, 53, confessed to the crimes this week and led authorities to where Jacob’s body was buried. While he was not charged with Jacob’s murder, Heinrich faces 20 years in prison on child pornography charges as part of a plea deal.

During Friday’s game in Minnesota, the Twins donned red jerseys with No. 11 patches and the Indians wore their blue “away” shirts with the “Jacob” patches prominently displayed on the chest.

The Twins will auction off 11 of the game-worn jerseys with the proceeds going to the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, which helps to educate and assist families with the goal of preventing child exploitation.

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

You can show your support for these characteristics and for the Wetterling family by using the hashtag #JacobsHopeLives and #11forJacob.