Live from the funeral of the late Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.
Family and friends of José Fernández gathered today for the private funeral service of the 24-year-old baseball player, whose untimely death in a boating accident last weekend shocked the world. Those who arrived at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Miami shortly after 1p.m., included Fernandez’s pregnant girlfriend, Maria Arias, along with his Marlins’ teammates. Singer Marc Anthony and baseball player Alex Rodriguez are also expected to attend.
Yesterday, during a public memorial service, hundreds of mourners lined the streets chanting “José, José,” as the hearse carrying his casket drove by on its way from Marlins Park.
Stay tuned here for updates from the ceremony as they happen.
2:41 p.m.: As the choir sings “Ave Maria,” mother Martiza Fernandez and grandmother Olga Fernandez share emotional moment.
2:43 p.m.: Marc Anthony is seen crying during the ceremony.
2:46 p.m.: “The sea brought Jose and the sea took him away,” says Ralph Fernandez of Tampa, while delivering first eulogy.
3:05 p.m.: Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria walks on stage to speak. “Jose’s family, friends, teammates, and the entire community, I share in the deep pain we are all feeling right now,” says Loria. “He will never be replaced, or forgotten.”
3:11 p.m.: Scott Boras, Fernandez’s agent, walks to podium and beings to cry. “Jose, your smile is eternal,” says Boras. He shares Jose’s most proud moments from his life: when he bought his mother a house, when he became an American citizen, and when he found out he was going to be a father. “
3:18 p.m.: Fernandez’s girlfriend Maria Arias, who is pregnant with her child, is seen weeping as Scott Boras speaks about Fernandez’s excitement in becoming a father to unborn Penelope.
3:24 p.m.: Marlins Outfielder Marcell Ozuna shares memories of Fernandez’s love for his family and the joy he expressed for his baby on the way. Teammate Martin Prado joins in after sharing moving words towards the family.
3:31 p.m.: The priest calls for family and friends of Fernandez to stand for final prayers.
3:45 p.m.: Funeral concludes. Pallbearers with Fernandez’s number 16 jersey carry his casket to hearse.
3:50 p.m.: “Everybody who came in touch with him, loved him. [He is] once in a lifetime,” says Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria to reporters outside the church.