The two men who died alongside Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez in a Sept. 25 boating accident were attempting to console the star athlete, text messages show.
Will Bernal, who was good friends with victim Eduardo Rivero, 25, has shared a text message exchange from shortly before the accident, in which Bernal tells Rivero to be careful and to keep an eye on Fernandez.
"Yo please be careful bro," Bernal wrote, according to the Daily Mail.
He then advised Rivero to "keep [Fernandez] close to shore" if they decided to go out on the boat.
Rivero's response is eerie, considering what happened just hours later.
"Trust me it's not my time yet," he wrote.
"I know but try to keep Jose cool, tell him what I said," Bernal responded.
The text messages seem to indicate that Fernandez was distressed on the night of the accident, and that Rivero and his longtime friend, Emilio Macias, 27, were there to comfort him.
In a post uploaded to Instagram following the accident, Bernal described the pain and guilt he's now experiencing.
"I can't get over this nightmare," he wrote. "I already miss you and our daily conversations. You died being a great friend. ... 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 [to] get on that boat," he continued. "You told me just so I know in case something happens. You had a gut feeling and that is killing me."
Rivero's sister, Aileen Victoria, expressed similar sentiments in an interview with WFOR.
"I don’t think it was the right time to be out on the ocean," she said. "I don’t know what was going … through their heads to go to the middle of the ocean at that time."
Victoria is having a hard time coming to terms with the fact that three successful young men with bright futures are no longer around.
"They were gone too soon," she said. "They all had futures and were going to go somewhere, each one of them. And now it's gone."
She has started a GoFundMe page to cover her brother's funeral expenses.
"We just wanted to give him what he deserved," she explained. "He always gave us everything. He deserves a good goodbye."
Emilio Macias' family, who declined to speak with WFOR, has also set up a GoFundMe page to cover funeral arrangements.
Rivero and Macias had been close friends since high school.