Jose Fernandez’s Mother Opens Up About Her Son’s Death

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It was the knock on the door Maritza Gomez Fernandez wished she never had to answer. Police officers arrived to her home with devastating news about her son, Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.

Maritza shared her memories of her lost son in an exclusive interview obtained by NBC 6’s sister station, Telemundo 51.

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“It was 6:10 a.m. and my phone rings but I didn’t pick up. It rang again,” Maritza said in Spanish.

She talked about the morning she learned of her son’s demise.

“The voice on the other side says, ‘are you Jose’s mom? Where is Jose?’ I answered, ‘Jose stayed in his apartment.’”

She then called Jose’s apartment, but no one answered. That’s when she called the Marlins player’s girlfriend, who told her he wasn’t with her. Maritza began to panic and Jose’s girlfriend tried to calm her down. Moments later, police officers arrived at her front door with the heartbreaking news.

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She said officers told her they found the slugger’s boat overturned but were unable at the time to find any bodies. Maritza said minutes later she knew her only son had died.

“I cried, I screamed. It was like I was no longer in this world,” Maritza explained in Spanish. “My mom was sleeping; she came out of her room. It was horrible.”

Her 24-year-old son along with his two friends were killed Sept. 25 when the boat Jose was operating crashed into a rocky jetty off Miami Beach. Eight months after the tragedy, Jose’s mother remembers her son’s promise to be the best Cuban American pitcher ever known to the major league.

“The last time I saw my son he was fooling around at Marlins Park,” said the grieving mother.

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Every day, Maritza grieves and tries to understand the death of her son.

“In the morning I take him his coffee like I always did; light candles and talk to him,” Maritza said. There are so many questions she wants answered. “Papi, I want you to explain to me what happened.”

Jose and his mother were together when they tried to escape Cuba. The pitcher saved his mother’s life after she fell in the deep ocean.

Maritza said she’s overwhelmed with the outpouring of love for her son when he died.

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“He could have never imagined how people loved him and what they felt for him. The people waiting at the church to just say their goodbyes was amazing.”