Miami Marlins Ace Jose Fernandez Dies In Boating Accident

Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident in Miami early Sunday morning. Fernandez was 24 years old.

According to Lorenzo Veloz of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fernandez and two other men were killed in the accident.

The U.S. Coast Guard found a 32-foot boat upside down on a jetty near Miami Beach around 3 a.m. Sunday. They reportedly found two victims dead under the vessel and the other was found dead in the water.

Veloz confirmed Fernandez died from trauma, not drowning.

On Monday, the Miami-Dade medical examiner released the names of the other two victims: Emilio Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25.

The case is still under investigation, which leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

Officials say speed was a factor in the accident, as evidence shows the boat was going full speed. They do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

The death caused the Marlins to cancel Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves.

Players and teammates paid respect to the young All-Star, who was not only a great athlete but a symbol of hope for a predominantly Cuban population in Miami.

I'm still waiting to wake up from this nightmare. I lost my brother today and can't quite comprehend it. The shock is overwhelming. What he meant to me , our team, the city of Miami, Cuba & everyone else in the world that his enthusiasm/heart has touched can never be replaced. I can't fathom what his family is going through because We, as his extended Family are a wreck. I gave him the nickname Niño because he was just a young boy Amongst men , yet those men could barely compete with him . He had his own level, one that was changing the game. EXTRAORDINARY, as a person before the player. Yet still just a kid, who's joy lit up the stadium more than lights could. A kid whose time came too soon. One that I will miss & never forget. Rest In Peace Niño, Jose Fernandez 🙏🏽

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My brother. You were family to me…my heart is hurting wishing you would just burst through the clubhouse doors any second now late like always laughing telling me how many red and yellow snapper you caught last night…you were always happy and kept the biggest smile on your face…you may have rubbed people who didn't get to know you the wrong way at times but I always had your back no matter what and didn't never let you get in any of those brawls…last Sunday when you came to chapel with me is crazy now bc you said you needed to go…you just told me that your last game was "the best game I ever pitched in my life" and it was your last…I don't know if God was calling you last Sunday and made you decide to come to chapel or helped you pitch your best game but I do know I love you and I'm so hurt to see my brother go…I know I'm being selfish but you weren't just a teammate to me…you were family…I love you Josey!!! Long Live YOU FOREVER!!!! Rest In Peace my brother I hope you and God catch the biggest fish heaven has to offer. #JDF16FOREVER

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Fernandez has been described as one of the happiest players in the game of baseball. Watching him on the mound was truly a spectacle as he showed power, grace, and pure joy to just have the opportunity to play the game.

Fernandez attempted to defect from communist Cuba four times – saving his mother from drowning on one of those occasions. He finally made it the U.S. in 2008, where he played high school baseball.

He was the 14th overall pick, selected by the Miami Marlins in the 2011 MLB draft. Fernandez would go on to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2013.

Jose’s legacy in Miami and the MLB will live on forever.

Tragic loss for the city of Miami and the entire game of baseball.

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