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Jose Fernandez's Pregnant Girlfriend Maria Arias Attends Memorial in First Public Appearance Since His Death

by Raphael Chestang 6:42 PM PDT, September 29, 2016
Playing Jose Fernandez's Pregnant Girlfriend Maria Arias Attends Memorial in First Public Appearance Since His Death

Late MLB star Jose Fernandez was remembered at a memorial service by his grieving loved ones on Wednesday.

The event marked the first public appearance by Fernandez's pregnant girlfriend, Maria Arias, since the Miami Marlin's pitcher was killed in a boating accident off Miami Beach on Sunday. He was 24.

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Arias, 24, was seen visibly grieving during the ceremony at St. Brendan's Catholic Church in Miami. She is reportedly four months pregnant with her due date set for February.

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Prior to Fernandez's tragic death, he instagrammed a shot of Arias' growing belly bump, with the announcement celebrating his impending fatherhood.

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"I'm so glad you came into my life," he wrote. "I'm ready for where this journey is going to take us together. #familyfirst."

Born in Cuba, Fernandez defected to the U.S. in 2008. In 2013, he was voted the National League Rookie of the Year, and placed third in Cy Young Award voting.

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