TAMPA, Fla. — A stolen high school baseball jersey belonging to Jose Fernandez has safely been returned after being taken during a candle light vigil.
About 600 friends and fans gathered at Alonso High School to remember Fernandez, who was killed last Sunday during a boating accident.
What was suppose to be a vigil celebrating the life of this accomplished young Major League Baseball player quickly turned tides when a jersey was stolen from the vigil.
“It boggles my mind just that somebody would do something like that, especially when we’re doing something nice for Jose and just thinking of him and knowing that he’s not going to be with us anymore,” Landy Faedo, Alonso High School’s baseball coach told WTVT-TV/DT.
Faedo explained that they had placed two jerseys on display for people to view during the vigil: a framed one that was placed on the field and another that hung in the dugout.
The jersey that hung in the dugout was the one stolen, which personally belonged to Faedo.
— Vicky Benchimol (@vbench) September 29, 2016
Late last night, a family saw a large envelope sitting near the ticket booth at Alonso High School with the words “Jose’s jersey” written on it. The family brought the envelope into the school Friday morning, in which it was opened and confirmed to be the stolen jerseys.
An Alonso High School representative released this statement on Friday morning:
“The entire Alonso High School family is grateful to have the jersey back and would like to thank the media and the outpouring of social media posts which shared this story.
— Vicky Benchimol (@vbench) September 30, 2016
School administrators don’t believe an employee or student is responsible for the stolen jersey.