Maria Arias, the pregnant girlfriend of recently deceased Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, made her first public appearance since the player’s fatal boat crash at his funeral on Sunday. Fernandez’s mother and abuela were also in attendance at the church in Miami, Florida.
While Arias has stayed mum in the press, Fernandez’s ex-girlfriend Carla Mendoza paid tribute to him in a heartfelt Instagram post, writing, “The heartbreak is unbearable.” She also expressed support for Arias and her unborn child:
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My deepest love goes out to those who saw jose as more than an athlete, but as a passionate, raw human being. The heart break is unbearable. There was so much more to him than anyone could even begin to understand. I'm fortunate enough to have loved and be loved by jose and his family, for over 3 crazy beautiful years. Thank you so much to everyone who's reached out to me, it truly means everything. 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. Not one day will pass by that I don't miss him. Jose never went one moment without knowing how much support and love he had from those close to him. My heart goes out to Maria, as she is expecting his child. Please honor Joses memory by respecting his daughter and her mother as I'm sure this is all too painful for them.
There has been an outpouring of love for Fernandez this week, from his family, fans, and the Marlins organization.
Fernandez was only 24 when he died. He was selected for the 2016 All Star team and was considered one of the most promising young pitchers in baseball.
Last week, Fernandez posted a pic of his pregnant girlfriend with the caption, “I’m so glad you came into my life.”
May he rest in peace.
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