Crowds chant, wave Cuban flags at memorial for Marlins pitcher José Fernández
MIAMI (AP) – A hearse carrying the body of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has been escorted from the team's ballpark by players and personnel.
More than 1,000 people turned out Wednesday to pay tribute to the 24-year-old Fernandez, who died in a boating crash Sunday with two friends.
Many in the crowd chanted "Jose! Jose!" and waved Cuban flags as the hearse passed by. Marlins players, coaches and personnel wore white T-shirts with the letters "RIP" and an image of Fernandez.
A public viewing is scheduled later Wednesday at a Miami-area Catholic church, followed by a private funeral Mass on Thursday.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash early Sunday into a rock jetty off South Beach.