The three friends where on the boat that eventually overturned after hitting a jetty around 3:15 a.m.
Since Marlin’s star pitcher José Fernéndez’s tragic death on Sunday at just 24-years-old, details has come to light regarding his past, future and final hours alive.
Fernéndez and his two high school friends – Emilio Macia, 27 and Eduardo Rivero, 25 – were spotted at the popular Miami waterfront bar American Social Bar and Kitchen around an hour before all three were killed on his boat in Miami.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, an overturned boat that had crashed into a jetty was discovered at approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday during law enforcement patrol.
Initially, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Officer Lorenzo Lopez told reporters on Sunday that the boat was not Fernéndez’s and instead was owned by a close friend. Then just one day later on Monday, they said that the “Knaught Looking,” the boat involved in the crash, was in fact owned by Fernéndez, according to The Miami Herald.
The commission is also taking back Lopez’s statements that the boat was running at “full speed” into the jetty and stressed that they haven’t made any conclusions about alcohol playing a part in the crash.
“Without getting into semantics on this, I can say that Officer Veloz made some statements at that press conference that were speculative in nature as well as anecdotal in nature. Unfortunately we’re unable to confirm some of what he said,” officer, Robert Klepper, told the newspaper. “He misspoke. He made a mistake.”
Rivero’s friend Will Bernal told CBS4 about his last and troubling conversation with him the night he died.
Rivero asked him to go on the boat with him but Bernal declined.
“I told him I didn’t want him to go out on the boat and to be careful. I didn’t have a good feeling. It’s too dark at night,” he told the news outlet.
He added that he also thought Fernéndez was stressed about something – and told Rivero to stay close to the shore.
” know. Try to keep Jose cool, tell him what I said,” he texted him.
The tragedy only continued when it was reported that he left behind his girlfriend, Maria Arias, who is expecting their child.
On Tuesday, his ex-girlfriend of three years, Carla Mendoza, took to Instagram to express her heartbreak and anguish over losing him.
“Nothing will make this time easy for anyone and if you do one thing today, let it be that you tell those close to you how much you love them,” Mendoza wrote. “Not one day will pass by that I don’t think about him or love him.”
A Bright Future
After Fernéndez finally made it to Florida on his fourth attempt when he was just 15 in 2008, he saved his mother from drowning when she fell overboard on their way from Cuba to Mexico, The New York Times reports.
“This high,” he said told The Tampa Bay Times in 2009 holding his hands 3 feet above his 6-foot-2 frame. “I thought I was going to die many times.”
His future couldn’t have been brighter after he settled in Tampa, Florida and made the majors in 2013.
“He just loved to be out there,” Mets Manager Terry Collins who managed Fernandez in the All-Star Game in July told the New York Times. “It was his stage. I wish more guys were like that. I wish more guys really had fun, like he did, playing the game.”
The Marlins announced a memorial service Wednesday at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church, where mourners could come to pay their respects. The funeral procession is scheduled to being at 2 p.m. Wednesday, leaving from Marlins Park.
A private mass is scheduled for Thursday for Fernández’s family, as well as Marlins players, coaches and staff.
The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Miami Foundation.