"Yo, please be careful bro."
That's one of the last chilling text messages sent to Eduardo Rivero, one of the victims who died in the boat crash that killed Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández. Will Bernal, who said he's a close friend of Rivero's, released the text messages on September 28.
Rivero, Fernández, and 27-year-old Jesus Macias died on Sunday, September 25 after their boat crashed into a rocky jetty off the coast of Miami, Florida.
Rivero texted Bernal right before he left on the boat with Fernández, according to USA Today.
Bernal released a screenshot of the last texts between on Instagram.
The texts between the close friends show that Bernal didn't want Rivero riding on the boat with Fernández.
"Try to keep [Fernández] close to the shore if you go out," Bernal texted to Rivero. "Trust me, it's not my time yet," the 25-year-old responded. Bernal asked Rivero to keep him in the loop. He never heard from his friend again.
In his Instagram caption, Bernal echoed his regrets about letting Rivero board the boat.
"You died being a great friend," Bernal wrote. "You went to be with José and help him when he called you. I tried so hard to tell you not to go out on that boat. It didn't feel right and we both knew it. I feel guilty that I didn't do a better job of trying to convince you not get on that boat. You told me just so I know in case something happens. You had a gut feeling and that is killing me."