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Miami Marlins Pitcher José Fernández Killed In Boating Accident

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Sep. 25 2016, Updated 9:18 p.m. ET

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Miami Marlins ace pitcher and expectant father José Fernández was killed in a horrific boating accident early this morning.

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The 24-year-old rising star along with two other men were found dead after their boat was found crashed into a rocky jetty at the entrance of Miami Harbor.

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According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman, Lorenzo Veloz, speed is suspected to have been a factor in the crash as there was no evidence of alcohol or illegal drug use.

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"It does appear that speed was involved due to the impact and the severity of it," he said. "It does appear to be that they were coming at full speed when they encountered the jetty, and the accident happened."

Among those who mourned the loss of the young star was Fernández’s expectant girlfriend, Carla Mendoza, who posted a tribute to her boyfriend on Instagram writing, "Heroes are remembered, but legends never die. RIP my beloved husband Jose."

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The Marlins owner also released a statement mourning Fernández’s tragic loss.

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“Sadly, the brightest lights are often the ones that extinguish the fastest,” Jeffrey Loria wrote. "José left us far too soon, but his memory will endure in all of us. At this difficult time, our prayers are with his mother, grandmother, family and friends."

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While the Marlins were scheduled to play the Atlanta Braves today, they have cancelled the game to mourn the loss of one of their most beloved athletes, Fernández.

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