The mother of Jose Fernandez returned to the scene of his fatal boat crash on Monday to pay tribute to her son on what would have been his 25th birthday.
Maritza Fernandez placed flowers and candles on the rocky jetty where Fernandez’s boat crashed in September, killing the Miami Marlins pitcher and two companions.
“My beautiful boy wherever you are today we are all going to remember and miss you so much,” she wrote on her Facebook page. “Your mommy is waiting for you my love. I love you so much my Delfy. Nothing harder than living without you my love. tkm.”
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Delfy was Fernandez’s middle name.
Using yellow spray paint, Maritza Fernandez wrote out “JDF16,” referring to the pitcher’s initials and uniform number with the Marlins, as well as “Happy Birthday Delfy.”
Tributes also came Monday from members of the Marlins.
Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon tweeted out “Happy Birthday Doggy! I love and miss you bro. #JDF16.”