Members of the San Diego Chargers place flowers at the base of the Tony Gwynn "Mr. Padre" statue, Monday, June 16, 2014, in San Diego. Gwynn, an eight time National League batting champion with the San Diego Padres and a member of Baseball Hall of Fame, died Monday from cancer. He was 54. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

( – One day after the death of Padres icon Tony Gwynn, San Diegans continue to mourn the beloved baseball player, flocking to his statue at Petco Park to pay their respects.

Gwynn died Monday at Pomerado Hospital in Poway after losing his battle with cancer of the salivary gland. He was 54 years old.

All day Monday and well into the evening, fans visited the Tony Gwynn statue at Petco Park to mourn the baseball legend affectionately known as “Mr. Padre.”

In a steady stream, tearful strangers from all over the county left flowers and special mementos at the statue, taking their time to say farewell to Gwynn.


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