Thousands attend Oscar Taveras' burial in Dominican

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Paramedics carry Marisela Cabrera, the mother of late St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras after she collapsed during his funeral procession in Sosua, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Taveras died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 22. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
People march as a hearse carries the coffin containing the body of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, Oscar Taveras during his funeral procession in Sosua, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Taveras died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 22. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
A photo St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, Oscar Taveras stands on top of the coffin containing his body during his funeral in Sosua, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Taveras died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 22. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Alfredo Simon grieves during the funeral of St. Louis Cardinals’ outfielder, Oscar Taveras in Sosua, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Taveras died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 22. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
People carry the coffin containing the body of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, Oscar Taveras to his final resting place during his funeral in Sosua, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Taveras died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 22. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Mourners pay their last respects to St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, Oscar Taveras during his funeral in Sosua, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Taveras died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 22. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
People watch from the roof of a church the funeral procession of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, Oscar Taveras in Sosua, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Taveras died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 22. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Family and friends grieve during the funeral of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, Oscar Taveras in Sosua, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Taveras died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 22. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
People watch from the roof of a church the funeral procession of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, Oscar Taveras in Sosua, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Taveras died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 22. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Mourners pay their last respects to St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, Oscar Taveras during his wake in Sosua, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Taveras died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 22. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Carlina Vargas grieves over the coffing containing the body of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, Oscar Taveras during his wake in Sosua, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Taveras died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 22. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
People roll out of a funeral car the coffin containing the body of St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, Oscar Taveras during his funeral in Sosua, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Taveras died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 22. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Flowers and other mementos are part of a makeshift memorial to St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras outside Busch Stadium Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in St. Louis. Taveras, the Cardinals' outfielder regarded as one of the majors' top prospects, died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 22. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Mementos placed at a makeshift memorial to St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras are shown outside Busch Stadium Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in St. Louis. Taveras, the Cardinals' outfielder regarded as one of the majors' top prospects, died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 22. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
A baseball card showing St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras is attached to a hat as part of a makeshift memorial outside Busch Stadium Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in St. Louis. Taveras, the Cardinals' outfielder regarded as one of the majors' top prospects, died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 22. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Henry Simpson looks over mementos placed at a makeshift memorial to St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras outside Busch Stadium Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in St. Louis. Taveras, the Cardinals' outfielder regarded as one of the majors' top prospects, died Sunday in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic. He was 22. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
In this handout photo provided by the Metropolitan Transportation Agency shows the heavily damaged vehicle in which Dominican baseball player Oscar Taveras was killed along with a young woman passenger, near the city of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, Oct. 26, 2014. St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, a 22-year-old slugger who was regarded as one of the majors' top prospects. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Transportation Agency)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 16: Oscar Taveras #18 of the St. Louis Cardinals tips his hat as he walks off the field after the Cardinals lose to the San Francisco Giants 6-3 during Game Five of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 16, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras celebrates as he rounds first after hitting a home run during the seventh inning in Game 2 of the National League baseball championship series against the San Francisco Giants Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras reacts after hitting a home run during the seventh inning in Game 2 of the National League baseball championship series against the San Francisco Giants Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
St. Louis Cardinals' Oscar Taveras hits a home run during the seventh inning in Game 2 of the National League baseball championship series against the San Francisco Giants Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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SOSUA, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Several St. Louis Cardinals were among thousands of people who crowded into a cemetery near the Dominican Republic's north coast for Tuesday's burial of former major league outfielder Oscar Taveras.

Some people clutched pictures of Taveras as they walked behind his coffin and entered the municipal cemetery in the town of Sosua. The crowd had started at a nearby church for a brief ceremony ahead of the burial for the 22-year-old slugger, who died Sunday following a car crash.

St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak, manager Mike Matheny, second baseman Matt Carpenter and pitcher Carlos Martinez were among the mourners from Taveras' major league team.

"He was my brother, he was my friend, we were always together anytime we went out," Martinez said.

The Giants and Royals observed a moment of silence in Taveras' honor before Game 6 of the World Series in Kansas City, Missouri.

Taveras was killed after authorities say he lost control of his 2014 Chevrolet Camaro on a highway in the popular tourist region of Puerto Plata, north of the capital of Santo Domingo. Officials said his 18-year-old girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, was in the car and also died.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The slugger's father, Francisco Taveras, thanked the crowd for coming and teared up as he spoke at the cemetery.

"I'm extremely devastated about what has happened," he said. "I urge young people to wear their seatbelts and to learn from what happened to my son."

Taveras was considered one of the majors' top prospects, and he hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games this year. He was scheduled to travel in November to the team's spring training facility in Jupiter, Florida, and then play in the Dominican Winter League.

Taveras was a teenager when he signed with St. Louis as an international free agent in 2008. Before this season, he was ranked as the No. 3 overall prospect by MLB.com and Baseball America.

He homered against the Giants' Yusmeiro Petit in his major league debut May 31 and had a big solo drive in the seventh inning of Game 2 in the NL Championship Series against San Francisco.

"This is a huge loss for us and the Dominican Republic," Matheny said. "He was our weapon off the bench and we had plans for him next year. Even though he was only 22, he wasn't afraid of anything. He had a great heart, and this is a tragedy for us."
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