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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Friends and family who knew and loved Eduardo Rivero paid their respects Tuesday for the 24-year-old killed in the boating accident that also took the life of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.
“I do not think that was the right thing to do in the ocean. I do not know was going through their heads to go to the ocean at that time,” Rivero’s sister, Aileen Victoria, said.
Rivero, Fernandez and Emilio Macias were killed early Sunday morning when the boat they were traveling on crashed into the jetty on Government Cut, off the coast of Miami Beach.
Over the past few days, family members lament the decision to take Fernandez’s boat – “Kaught Looking” – for the early morning run off of Miami Beach.
Rivero and Macias both graduated from G. Holmes Braddock High School and had recently become friends with Fernandez.
Victoria has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral expenses.
As of Tuesday morning the page had raised $33,075, surpassing the $30,000 goal that was set when the page was created.
“We just wanted to give him what he deserved. He always gave us everything. He deserves a good goodbye. He deserves to be put in rest,” she said.
Rivero worked at Carnival Cruise Lines as a sales representative.
Victora said he was also attending graduate school with a major in psychology and minor in business.
The viewing was held at Bernardo Garcia Funeral Home at 865 W 49th Street in Hialeah at 6 p.m.
It will last throughout the night and into Wednesday morning, where the family will meet again at 10 a.m. and travel to the burial site.