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In the early morning hours on Sunday, it was reported that 24-year-old Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez tragically lost his life along with two others in a boating accident on Miami Beach.
On Wednesday, thousands of fans joined Fernandez’s grieving family, teammates, and closest friends in an extremely emotional funeral procession in Miami.
Watch as fans chant ‘Jose’ in the streets of Miami to bid farewell to the young, promising pitcher.
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) September 28, 2016
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) September 28, 2016
A few of Jose Fernandez’s fans who were interviewed by ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick had this to say:
“I’ve never seen someone take time out the way he did, signing autographs — especially on the days when he was pitching,” said Rick Gerena, a Marlins fan from Coral Springs, Florida. “He was always talking to kids and parents. It almost felt like he was one of us out there. As a fan, losing him is devastating. It really is.”
“He just had this swagger and this style,” Lopez said. “It was captivating. I bought the MLB package so I could follow him. I was jealous of the fans here because they got to see him all the time. I was going to come to a Jose Day to see him, but I never got the chance.”