Jose Fernandez's ex-fiancee is speaking out and offering support to the Marlin's pitcher's pregnant girlfriend in her first public statement since Fernandez was killed in a Miami Beach boating accident last Sunday.
Carla Mendoza and Fernandez dated for three years before ending their engagement earlier this year, and despite splitting up, the Marlins cheerleader revealed that she will always love the 24-year-old athlete.
"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," Mendoza wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. "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 [three] crazy beautiful years. Thank you so much to everyone who's reached out to me, it truly means a lot. 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 think about him or love him. Jose never went one moment without knowing how much support and love he had from those close to him."
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At the end of the post, Mendoza added a touching message for Fernandez's pregnant girlfriend, Maria Arias.
"My heart goes out to Maria, as she is expecting his child," she continued. "Please honor Joses memory by respecting his daughter and her mother as I'm sure this is all too painful for her as well."
Fernandez and two friends were killed after their 32-foot boat collided with a rock jetty that extends from Miami's port, and subsequently flipped over into the water early Sunday morning. Authorities believe that speed was a factor in the fatal collision.
Sadly, one of Fernandez's final Instagram posts was dedicated to Arias. "I'm so glad you came into my life," he captioned a pic of Arias on the beach, cradling her baby bump. "I'm ready for where this journey is going to take us. #familyfirst."
The rising baseball star defected from Cuba in 2007, and even saved his mother from drowning during the journey to America. He was signed to the Marlins as a first round pick in 2011 and earned a Rookie of the Year honor in 2013.
See more reactions to Fernandez's untimely death in the video below.