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Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez replaces his cap June 1, 2015, after the singing of the national anthem before the start of a game against the Chicago Cubs in Miami. Fernandez was one of three people killed in a boat crash early Sunday morning. He was 24.
‘The shock is overwhelming’

MIAMI — Jose Fernandez escaped from Cuba by boat on his fourth try as a teenager, and when his mother fell into the Yucatan Channel during the journey, he jumped in and pulled her out.

Fernandez’s heroic backstory made his death early Sunday that much more heart-wrenching. The charismatic Miami Marlins ace was killed in a boating accident at age 24.

Fernandez and two other people died when their 32-foot vessel slammed into a jetty off Miami Beach, authorities said.

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