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Jose Fernandez's mother, girlfriend to jointly administer his estate

A Miami judge agreed to a petition filed jointly by the two women for the estate of the baseball star who died last September in a boating accident
15 Mar 2017 – 02:27 PM EDT
Flowers, photos, candles and baseballs make up an improvised shrine to Miami pitcher José Fernández, at the entrance to Marlins Park on Sunday. Fernández, 24, died in a boating crash Sept 25 2016.
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A Miami-Dade circuit judge granted a petition allowing the estate of deceased Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández to be shared by the pitcher's mother and his girlfriend who recently gave birth to a baby daughter, ending speculation about possible disputes over control of the assets, reportedly worth between $2 to $3 million.

Probate Judge Maria Korvick signed an order designating the player's mother Maritza Gomez and the girfriend, Maria Arias, as "personal respresentatives" of the estate.

"It's a beautiful partnership in such a difficult situation," said the family's Tampa lawyer Ralph Fernandez. "This begins another chapter in this tragic process," he added.

"Nothing will fill the void left by my son," Fernández's mother told Univision in a brief interview after the court hearing. "I wait for him to come home every day. For me my son did not die."

The 24-year-old baseball star died in a boating accident off Miami Beach Sept 25 along with his two other men, Emilio Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25.

The Fernández estate is facing two wrongful death lawsuits from the other victims' families who are each seeking $2 million.

An autopsy report found cocaine in Fernandez’s system the night of the accident, but it's still not clear who was driving the boat when they crashed. An investigation into the accident by the Florida Fish and WildlifeConservation Commission has yet to disclose its findings.

The 24-year-old baseball star left no will. The judge's order supersedes a petition filed in January by his mother seeking to administer control of his estate. Maria Arias gave birth to a baby girl, named Penélope, on February 24.

"Everything in the estate is for the benefit of the child," said Fernandez, describing Penélope as "the new princess of the family and the first piece of good news we have had in almost six months."

The money will be held in a bank account controlled by the court.

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