BREAKING: All-Star MLB Pitcher Killed In Miami, His Family Needs Our Prayers

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Miami Marlins All-Star pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed Sunday morning in a boat crash in Miami Beach, the team announced.

Fernandez, 24 years old, was one of three people killed in the tragic accident.

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“The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez,” a team statement said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”

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Marlins manager Don Mattingly was in tears and visibly shaken during a Sunday afternoon news conference, FOX reports.

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“I see such a little boy,” Mattingly said. “The way he played, there was just joy with him when he played.”

When leaving the news conference, leftfielder Christian Yellich and second baseman Dee Gordon wrapped their arms around each other and walked out somberly with other team members. Earlier, Gordon had walked out to the mound at Marlins Park, where the grounds crew had painted a “16” — Fernandez’s number — and placed a Marlins cap. Gordon stood looking at the tribute before kneeling down in a moment of silent reflection.

“This mound will always belong to No. 16.”

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“Sadly, the brightest lights are often the ones that extinguish the fastest,” Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said in a statement.

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Chief Petty Officer Nyxolyno Cangemi told The Associated Press that a Coast Guard patrol boat spotted an overturned boat at 3:30 a.m. on a jetty near Government Cut. The bodies were discovered a short time later. Officials said no one was wearing a life vest.

Because the boat was on a jetty, the Coast Guard notified Miami-Dade police, which turned the investigation over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Fernandez was on a 32-foot vessel that had a “severe impact” with the jetty, said Lorenzo Veloz of the Fish Commission.

Veloz said the boat was found upside down. Two bodies were found under the vessel and one was found in the water by divers. The boat was traveling full speed and was completely demolished.

There was no evidence of alcohol or illegal substances being a factor in the crash.

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“All of baseball is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “He was one of our game’s great young stars who made a dramatic impact on and off the field since his debut in 2013. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Miami Marlins organization and all of the people he touched in his life.”

Our prayers go out to the families, friends and teammates.

R.I.P. Brother.

God Bless.

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Dean James III% AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS

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