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Memorial service set for Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez

Published 28/09/2016

A jersey hangs in memory of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez who was killed in a boating accident (AP)
A jersey hangs in memory of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez who was killed in a boating accident (AP)

The Miami Marlins have scheduled a public memorial service for pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a weekend boat crash along with two friends.

The baseball team said in a news release that fans can gather on Wednesday along the west side of Marlins Park for the departure of a funeral motorcade at 2:16pm local time. Fernandez wore No 16 on his jersey.

A public viewing will be held at St Brendan's Catholic Church from 5pm. to 11pm. A private funeral Mass will be held on Thursday for family and Marlins players and personnel.

Instead of flowers, the Fernandez family asks for charitable contributions to the JDF16 Foundation, which is online at www.MiamiFoundation.org/jdf16.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash early on Sunday into a rock jetty off South Beach.

AP

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