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|Posted: Fri Apr 21st, 2017 02:01 am||
|The Miami Marlins announced they will celebrate the life of Jose Fernandez by honoring him with a 9-foot statue at Marlins Park, but the decision isn't sitting well with certain members of the South Florida community.
One unnamed individual who lost his son in a fatal DUI crash wrote a letter to team President David Samson to express his opposition to the statue, saying: "This is why the decisions by your organization to install a larger than life statue of Jose Fernandez are very troubling to many of us," according to NBC Miami.
Police confirmed in March that the former Marlins pitcher was drunk and high on cocaine while driving a boat that collided with a jetty, resulting in his death and killing two others. In addition, it was proven that Fernandez was driving the boat at 65 mph before it crashed.
The parents of both other victims filed separate $2-million lawsuits on his estate in January.
"I just think we have to be very careful about hinting and memorializing a person who would've been charged with two counts of manslaughter had he survived. We can't condone the drinking and drugged driving," said Sally Matson, a victim advocate with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
The Marlins president said despite the concerns, the organization will move forward with building the statue with respect to Fernandez and his family.
"People make mistakes, mistakes have consequences but it doesn't change what Jose meant to the Marlins, what he meant to Miami, what he meant to the community," Samson said.
"The fact is he will always be a Marlin that doesn't change. When you love somebody you love them when things are good and when things are bad."