Jose Fernandez's stolen jersey returned to high school
Jose Fernandez’s high school baseball jersey has been returned to the school after it was taken during a vigil service at the school on Wednesday.
Mourners gathered on the baseball field at Alonso High School in Tampa on Wednesday night, days after Fernandez and two others were killed in a boat accident in Miami.
The No. 16 jersey he wore while playing for the Ravens hung in the dugout during the memorial but was missing after the service concluded.
A police report was filed with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, which says the jersey was taken between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The field is not covered by surveillance cameras.
According to officials for the Hillsborough County Public Schools, a family saw an envelope leaning up against the ticket booth at the high school with the words ''Jose's jersey'' written on it. The family took the envelope into the school where the jersey was found inside.
Fernandez graduated from the school in 2011 and was drafted with the 14th pick by the Marlins that year. He was the first player from that high school to reach the major leagues.
Friends, family and friends gathered for a memorial service at Marlins Park on Wednesday. A private funeral for Fernandez was held Thursday.