At the bar before fatal crash

More details about Jose Fernandez's final night alive have been disclosed by authorities and friends of the Miami Marlins pitcher and the two friends who were with him when his boat flipped over off South Beach early Sunday morning.

Relatives of the victims said Rivero and Macias were like brothers and both graduated from G. Holmes Braddock High School. Fernandez died in a boating accident early Sunday.

"He told me if I didn't hear from him by 10 a.m. [Sunday morning] to call him and wake him up so he could get back to the ballpark on time for the game".

Gordon said after the game that Fernandez should have been "cheering" for him from the dugout.

A friend of Rivero, Will Bernal, told the Herald he had texted Rivero that the boat trip was a bad idea and asked him not to go, and to try to calm Hernandez down.

Authorities say they have no record of any previous citations for the boat owned by Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died with two friends when the boat crashed into rocks. Normally vessel stops are not documented unless a warning or citation is issued, he added. Klepper said that report would be part of the wildlife commissions completed investigation.

Officials do not believe drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash. Toxicology results have not yet been released to the public.

"This is shallow, but the show goes on", Marlins president David Samson said Monday before the game against the New York Mets.

Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bill Nelson said Tuesday the Senate resolution is meant to honor Fernandez's journey from communist Cuba to Major League Baseball star and his contributions to the community.

The resolution notes that the 24-year-old Fernandez was jailed in Cuba after unsuccessful escape attempts and once saved his mother from drowning after she fell from a boat.

As the baseball world mourned the death of Jose Fernandez, a beachgoer found a bag containing four baseballs signed by the Marlins 24-year-old pitcher.

Enormously popular in Miami's large Cuban-American community, Fernandez defected from Cuba at age 15, won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2013 and became a two-time All-Star.

  • Julie Sanders


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