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  • David Torres

Remembering Loved Ones Lost to COVID-19

Updated: Mar 18, 2021

A little over a week ago I got a message from Lynwood Mayor Marisela Santana inviting our city to participate in a regional remembrance of community members we have lost to #COVID19. Unbeknownst to me, several of my colleagues also received and relayed various messages to city administration. In short order staff was able to coordinate the event complete with luminaries, #MontebelloStrong lettering, and a program to fit the heaviness of the occasion. Pastor Eric Tietze of Heart of Compassion led our invocation, and our colleague Councilmember Jimenez led us in Amor Eterno and Amazing Grace, and we observed 2 minutes of silence to remember the grim milestone of almost 200 lives lost in our own city.

The pandemic has been both close to home and a far ways off. As the death toll continues to rise we hope and pray that no one close to us is affected. I myself have had a few scares that prompted testing, and came to realize just how dangerous day to day life could be. The pandemic reached my front door when, in the last few months, my family lost a beloved uncle and a longtime family.

We will see a change in risk level tier soon. As venues open and sports resume, as life makes steps returning back to normal, please remember the threat of spread is still very present and new strains are good cause to stay vigilant. Wear a mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands regularly. #stopthespread

I'd like to thank Mayor Santana for reaching out to me, our Mayor for ensuring Montebello could hold this event, and city staff for their hard work and dedication to honor our victims.

In remembrance of Jose Cano and Bea Garcia.

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