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Public viewing, ballpark farewell for Jose Fernandez scheduled for Wednesday

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Fans will have two opportunities to pay their respects to Miami Marlins star Jose Fernandez on Wednesday.

A public viewing for the pitcher, killed early Sunday morning in a boat crash, will take place at Brendan's Catholic Church in Miami from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

People are also invited to gather on the West Plaza of Marlins Park at 2 p.m., where the motorcade will depart at 2:16 — a nod to Fernandez's No. 16.

Fans will have complimentary access to park in a surface lot on the west side of the ballpark, the team said.

A mass for Fernandez —to be attended only by family and members of the Marlins — will be held Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, the Fernandez family requests charitable contributions to the JDF16 Foundation at the Miami Foundation. Fans can donate by sending checks to the Miami Foundation at 40 NW 3 Street .305, Miami, FL 33128 or online at MiamiFoundation.org/jdf16.

Locally in Tampa Bay, there will be a candlelight vigil at Alonso High on Wednesday night at 7:30.

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