Faces of some of the US coronavirus victims

The quantity of people that have died in the US after contracting the novel coronavirus continues to climb.

We’re studying who a few of them have been, what they did and what they have been keen about.

These misplaced to the coronavirus embody a former New York hearth marshal who sprang into motion on 9/11, a mom to 6 who was battling breast most cancers and 4 members of a New Jersey household.

Listed below are a few of their tales.

A state consultant

Louisiana state Rep. Reggie Bagala died after a battle with coronavirus, his son stated April 9.

Bagala, 54, was a Republican freshman and represented the Jefferson in addition to Lafourche parishes. He was elected to workplace final 12 months.

“He was a profoundly sincere and respectable man, who beloved unceasingly. His household, his tradition, his LSU Tigers, his pals, and his dwelling right here on Bayou Lafourche,” his son, Tristan Paul Begala, stated.

A day earlier than his father’s dying, he posted on Fb that his fever was “larger and his ventilator remains to be maxed out.”

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards described him as a profitable businessman, devoted household man and energetic volunteer.

“Rep. Bagala spent his life making his neighborhood and south Louisiana a greater place to stay for everybody,” the governor stated.

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In this Dec. 12, 2019 photo provided by The Tablet, the Rev. Jorge Ortiz-Garay speaks at Our Lady of Guadalupe Day Mass at St. Brigid Church in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Ortiz-Garay died on March 27, 2020, from coronavirus-related complications and is now the first known priest in the U.S. to have died from the virus. (Courtesy of The Tablet via AP)
On this Dec. 12, 2019 photograph offered by The Pill, the Rev. Jorge Ortiz-Garay speaks at Our Woman of Guadalupe Day Mass at St. Brigid Church within the Brooklyn borough of New York. Ortiz-Garay died on March 27, 2020, from coronavirus-related issues and is now the primary recognized priest within the U.S. to have died from the virus. (Courtesy of The Pill by way of AP) (The Pill)

A priest in Brooklyn

The Rev. Jorge Ortiz-Garay, a Catholic priest in Brooklyn, died on March 27 at Wyckoff Hospital Medical Middle within the New York borough from issues associated to coronavirus. The 49-year-old is believed to be the primary Catholic priest in the US to die attributable to COVID-19, the Brooklyn diocese stated.

“It is a unhappy day and an amazing loss for the Diocese of Brooklyn,” stated Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn. “Father Jorge was a terrific priest, beloved by the Mexican individuals and a tireless employee for the entire devoted in Brooklyn and Queens.”

Born in Mexico Metropolis, he was ordained as a priest in 2004 and arrived in Brooklyn in 2009. He was the pastor of St. Brigid’s Church in Wyckoff Heights and was the coordinator of the diocese’s ministry to Mexican immigrants.

Referred to as Father Jorge, he additionally coordinated Brooklyn Diocese’s Our Woman of Guadalupe Feast Day traditions, together with a Mass attended by 1000’s of pilgrims adopted by a torch-lit pilgrimage via the streets of Brooklyn and Queens.

He walked practically block of New York

William Helmreich, a prominent sociologist perhaps best known for strolling each block of New York, died the morning of March 28 of coronavirus. He was 74.

A professor at Metropolis School of New York, Helmreich wrote practically 20 books, together with “The New York No person Is aware of: Strolling 6,00zero Miles within the Metropolis,” which chronicled his walks via New York speaking to and studying about its residents.

After he examined optimistic for coronavirus, Helmreich’s signs gave the impression to be bettering when he died all of the sudden Saturday.

“We weren’t prepared for this in any respect. We did not say goodbye. We did not assume we needed to say goodbye,” stated his son, Jeffrey Helmreich.

His household held a digital funeral, with few friends. They weren’t capable of sit shiva — or mourn collectively at dwelling — as is Jewish custom. Helmreich’s widow and considered one of his sons attended, standing 6 toes aside.

James T. Goodrich, MD, Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children's Hospital at Montefiore, died after complications related to Covid-19. Goodrich was a pioneer in the field of helping children with complex neurological conditions and developed a multi-stage approach for separating craniopagus twins, like Jadon and Anias McDonald, who were fused at the brain and skull.
James T. Goodrich, MD, Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Youngsters’s Hospital at Montefiore, died after issues associated to Covid-19. Goodrich was a pioneer within the area of serving to kids with advanced neurological circumstances and developed a multi-stage strategy for separating craniopagus twins, like Jadon and Anias McDonald, who have been fused on the mind and cranium. (Krisanne Johnson/Verbatim for CNN)

A humble and pioneering neurosurgeon

Dr. James T. Goodrich, the pioneering neurosurgeon who allowed CNN inside a remarkable operation to separate conjoined twins Jadon and Anias McDonald, died March 30 of issues associated to Covid-19, based on the hospital the place he labored.

The Albert Einstein School of Medication and Montefiore Medical Middle launched a press release calling Goodrich a pioneer within the area of serving to kids with advanced neurological circumstances, having developed a multi-stage strategy for separating craniopagus twins such because the McDonald twins.

However the hospital additionally stated Goodrich was a humble, caring man who “didn’t crave the limelight and was beloved by his colleagues and employees.” On the holidays, he baked cookies and hand-delivered them to nurses.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, met Goodrich when Gupta was a neurosurgery resident. He wrote a tribute in which he remembered Goodrich as a preeminent pediatric mind surgeon who dropped out of school at one level to turn into a “surfer dude.”

“Dr. Goodrich was an unimaginable human being, and the world is rather less vibrant right this moment with out him,” Gupta wrote. “Whereas we knew the losses would come, they’re no much less painful once they do.”

He saved households from the Holocaust

Rabbi Avraham Hakohen “Romi” Cohn survived the Holocaust and saved dozens of households from the genocide.

He died of issues from coronavirus at age 91, his family said March 26.

A local of Pressburg, Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia, Cohn was a 16-year-old member of the underground resistance when he helped save 56 households from the Holocaust, based on Yeshiva World News and a biography of the rabbi posted on New York Rep. Max Rose’s congressional web site in January. His mom and 4 siblings died in a focus camp.

Cohn left Europe in 1950, first residing in Canada, however he later settled in New York, turning into a developer on Staten Island, the place he ran an organization that constructed 3,500 properties, based on the bio and his family members.

Cohn was educated within the ritual of circumcision — a mohel — and carried out 1000’s of circumcisions for which he refused fee, the bio stated. He was thought-about an authority on the topic. He died at 91.

“There was no ego, no aura of greatness with him. He made you’re feeling like 1,000,000 {dollars},” stated Mendy Mirocznik, president of the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island.

This undated photo provided by Marya Sherron shows Kious Kelly. Kelly, an Emergency Room nurse at the Mount Sinai West Hospital in New York, died Tuesday, March 24, 2020, after a bout with the new coronavirus. He worked at the same hospital where three nurses, frustrated at the scarcity of supplies, posted pictures of themselves on social media wearing makeshift garbage bag protective gowns.
This undated photograph offered by Marya Sherron exhibits Kious Kelly. Kelly, an Emergency Room nurse on the Mount Sinai West Hospital in New York, died Tuesday, March 24, 2020, after a bout with the brand new coronavirus. He labored on the similar hospital the place three nurses, pissed off on the shortage of provides, posted footage of themselves on social media carrying makeshift rubbish bag protecting robes. (Marya Sherron by way of AP)

A New York Metropolis nurse

Kious Jordan Kelly was a “beloved member” of the nursing employees at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York Metropolis, the hospital stated.

Kelly was an assistant nurse supervisor on the hospital, based on his sister, Marya Sherron. Kelly, who additionally suffered from bronchial asthma, examined optimistic for the virus on March 18 and died lower than per week later, she stated.

The coronavirus disaster has “turned our frontline professionals into true American heroes,” Mt. Sinai stated in a press release Tuesday. “At present, we misplaced one other hero – a compassionate colleague, buddy and selfless caregiver.”

“His legacy is so highly effective, he was wonderful,” Sherron informed CNN. “Anybody that knew him, his smile, every thing about him, spoke for itself.”

“I came upon he was sick and within the ICU on the similar time,” Sherron stated. “He informed me that he is OK and to not inform our dad and mom.” Kelly texted his sister, saying he could not speak as a result of he wasn’t capable of breathe.

“I really like you, going again to sleep,” Kelly texted. It was the final textual content message his sister obtained from him.

“I need to honor him right this moment and I need to struggle for his unit and employees, and all healthcare employees,” Sherron stated. “I would like our well being care employees to have what they want.”

A Detroit policeman

Capt. Jonathan Parnell was the chief of the murder unit within the Detroit Police Division.

Parnell was a “true chief” who by no means complained, stated Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who introduced Parnell’s dying on March 25. He simply wished to verify his women and men would put forth their best, Craig stated.

Parnell was so well-liked that at one level in his profession his teammates begged for him to stay of their division regardless of a promotion, Craig stated. His earlier assignments have been within the business auto theft part, narcotics, the particular response workforce, and the 10th Precinct.

“Jonathan was a unprecedented officer, a pacesetter who contributed extra to this division and the neighborhood than I might ever say,” Craig stated. “He cherished his household and the division members he labored alongside, and all of us beloved him again.”

A highschool principal

Dez-Ann Romain walked into the Brooklyn Democracy Academy every day dedicated to uplifting her college students.

The 36-year-old educator in New York Metropolis died from coronavirus issues, the town’s principals’ union stated March 23.

She led a switch college for college kids who have been challenged by conventional excessive faculties.

“Too many in our society have written off the younger students below her stewardship, however the place others noticed issues, she noticed promise and potential,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams stated in a press release to CNN.

Romain labored with Adams’ workplace to create a “first-of-its-kind” city farming program at the highschool the place college students grew contemporary produce for individuals in want.

A World Struggle II veteran

George Possas, a World Struggle II veteran who was pleased with his nation, his church and his household, died on March 17 in Lengthy Island, his daughter says.

After serving within the army, Possas, 93, returned dwelling to finally begin a household and turn into an electrician. He had been working {an electrical} contracting enterprise together with his son earlier than his dying.

However, most significantly, he was beloved by many individuals.

“He was everybody’s papou, it is Greek for grandfather. Everybody stated he was like a father or grandfather to them,” his daughter Denise Bocchicchio informed CNN.

After Possas contracted the virus, his well being shortly declined, and he was hospitalized. He died with out household being current as they stated they weren’t allowed on the hospital’s flooring and a few of them have been battling the virus.

Community leader Marlowe Stoudamire dies due to coronavirus
Group chief Marlowe Stoudamire dies attributable to coronavirus

A neighborhood chief

Detroit neighborhood chief Marlowe Stoudamire, 43, died March 24 after contracting the virus, his former employer, Henry Ford Well being System, informed CNN.

“A tremendous man, husband, buddy and the most effective dads that I’ve ever met misplaced his life to Covid-19 right this moment,” Bob Riney, the president of well being care operations and chief working officer for Henry Ford Well being System, stated.

Stoudamire would “mild up any room together with his concepts and strategic pondering,” Riney stated in a press release.

“He was tireless in his love and look after others. My spouse and I are heartbroken for this devastating loss. We are going to proceed the struggle of this horrible pandemic in his honor,” a launch from Henry Ford Well being System says.

Stoudamire, a member of Omega Psi Phi, is survived by his spouse, Valencia, and two younger kids, the discharge says.


A Tony award-winning playwright

Terrence McNally, an acclaimed playwright, died from coronavirus issues, his publicist Matt Polk stated.

McNally, 81, was a four-time Tony award winner recognized for his musicals “Ragtime,” “Kiss of the Spider Lady,” and quite a few different musicals, performs in addition to movie and tv screenplays.

He died March 24 at a hospital in Sarasota, Florida. He was a lung most cancers survivor with continual obstructive pulmonary illness, Polk stated.

Final 12 months, McNally obtained a Tony Award for lifetime achievement in theater. Over his profession, McNally was liable for 25 Broadway productions, together with “Anastasia,” “The Ritz,” and “The Full Monty.”

A retired New York hearth marshal

John Knox, 84, was a retired hearth marshal for the Hearth Division of New York, however he served his nation and his metropolis in myriad different methods — he was a member of the New York Police Division for 2 years and served within the US Marine Corps throughout the Korean Struggle.

And but, after a profession of service, Knox had extra to provide. He had been retired for 2 years on September 11, 2001, however he sprang into motion that day to assist his nation and his neighborhood.

“He took his automobile and all of the gear that he nonetheless had remaining from his time with the FDNY and drove right down to The Battery and made the trek from there all the best way to Floor Zero,” his son, Zachary Knox, informed CNN’s Anderson Cooper on March 18. “And he was there for a number of weeks afterward.”

Knox was nonetheless going to the health club a couple of weeks earlier than his mid-March dying. “He was a really vibrant 84-year-old,” his son stated. “I feel individuals a long time youthful than him had bother maintaining.”

Zachary desires his father to be remembered as somebody who was “all the time very dedicated to being … only a man filled with integrity.”

“He lived and died by his phrase,” Zachary stated. “That is the best way he all the time was, and other people beloved him for it.”

Knox is survived by his spouse, 4 kids and 6 grandchildren.

A brother of Minnesota lieutenant governor

Ron Golden, a “tough-as-nails Marine who was an enormous teddy bear on the within,” died after being identified with the virus, based on his sister Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan.

“Nearly precisely two months after we buried our dad, my brother Ron handed away on Saturday (March 21). To many, he’ll be a statistic: Tennessee’s second Covid-related dying. However to me, I will keep in mind a loving, older brother, uncle, father, and husband,” Flanagan stated in an Instagram publish.

Simply weeks earlier than he was identified with coronavirus, Golden was identified with most cancers, which compromised his immune system. He was put right into a medically induced coma and positioned on a ventilator earlier than he died of the virus, Flanagan stated.

“THIS is why we should #StayHome,” she stated. “For those who really feel fantastic, that is nice. However please take into account the likelihood that you just’re carrying the virus and do not know it, and then you definately stroll previous the subsequent Ron, my huge brother, in public.”

US Sen. Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota, a former presidential candidate, stated on Twitter her “coronary heart goes out to my good buddy Minnesota Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan and her household. The virus is affecting so many People and collectively we should work on getting the medical provides and coverings to those that are sick.”

Klobuchar’s husband has tested positive for the virus.

A juvenile in California

A minor who lived in Lancaster, California, would be the first juvenile to have died from the novel coronavirus within the US.

Los Angeles County well being officers introduced the dying on March 24 however have stated the case was “advanced” and there is perhaps an “alternate rationalization” for the dying.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti informed CNN the one who died was an adolescent.

A 91-year-old who lived a ‘lifetime of mental fascination’

When Invoice Pike, 91, was admitted to the hospital a couple of weeks earlier than he died, his household thought he had pneumonia, his son Daniel Pike informed CNN. Per week after he was admitted, the Connecticut man was sedated and on a ventilator.

“No person, no person thought he had this,” Daniel Pike stated.

Shortly earlier than he died on March 18, Invoice Pike received his last rites over the phone, together with his spouse and three kids listening in from quarantine.

“It was like a tapestry or quilt of our affections for him,” his spouse, Cathie Pike, informed CNN.

Born in Fort Collins, Colorado, Invoice Pike was accepted into the US Naval Academy and served within the Korean Struggle. After returning dwelling, he attended Harvard Enterprise College and went on to have a 30-year profession at J.P. Morgan & Co., the place he served as chairman of credit score coverage.

Pike was an “old-school gentleman” with “unimaginable character,” stated the Rev. Peter Walsh of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan, Connecticut, the place the Pikes have been members. He handled everybody the identical, Walsh stated, from the one who painted his home to the Connecticut governor, with whom he was pleasant.

“We see pleasure in his 91 full years,” Cathie Pike stated.

A New Jersey woman and three of her children died from coronavirus, and two other relatives are in critical condition, a family member said.
A New Jersey girl and three of her kids died from coronavirus, and two different family members are in essential situation, a member of the family stated. (Fusco household)

4 members of 1 household

One New Jersey household is mourning the lack of not one, however 4 beloved relations — all of them lost to the coronavirus within a week.

“It is completely surreal,” Elizabeth Fusco informed CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “They have been the roots of our lives … It is just like the second we begin to grieve about one, the cellphone rings and there is one other individual gone, taken from us perpetually.”

Among the many relations misplaced was Elizabeth’s oldest sister, Rita Fusco-Jackson. She died on March 13, according to The New York Times.

Days later, on March 18, Elizabeth’s brother Carmine Fusco died, simply hours earlier than their mom and the household matriarch, 73-year-old Grace Fusco, died, too.

And one other brother, Vincent Fusco Jr., handed away on March 19.

Elizabeth was on the cellphone Wednesday for her mom’s closing moments. Whereas on a name with the hospital, she heard her mom coding within the background, she stated, and docs’ frantic makes an attempt to save lots of her.

“I listened to these docs and people machines code my mom on the cellphone when she handed,” Elizabeth stated. “I will by no means recover from that.”

Grace Fusco had 11 kids and 27 grandchildren.

“It is a household that all the time cared and was there for others,” based on a GoFundMe page arrange for the household.

Three different family members are hospitalized in New Jersey, and 19 different relations have been examined and are ready on the outcomes, based on Roseann Paradiso Fodera, Grace’s cousin and an legal professional representing the household. Youngsters, dad and mom and grandchildren have been quarantined.

“That is an insufferable tragedy for the household,” Paradiso Fodera stated.

Sundee Rutter, 42, a breast cancer survivor and mother of six, died from coronavirus in Everett, Washington, on March 16.
Sundee Rutter, 42, a breast most cancers survivor and mom of six, died from coronavirus in Everett, Washington, on March 16. (Courtesy Shawnna Olsen)

A single mom and breast most cancers survivor

Sundee Rutter, a 42-year-old mom of six, died on March 16 in Everett, Washington, after she was infected with coronavirus, her older sister Shawnna Olsen informed CNN.

“My sister was wonderful,” Olsen stated. “She was the primary to lend a serving to hand to anybody.”

Rutter had been battling breast most cancers and was in remission when she fell unwell, Olsen stated. She was taken to Windfall Hospital in Everett, the place she died.

Her room was closed to guests to forestall unfold of the virus. Her six kids, ages 13 to 24, stated their final phrases to her using a walkie-talkie that was positioned at her bedside.

“She fought valiantly till she couldn’t struggle any extra,” a GoFundMe page arrange on behalf of the household says.

Olsen known as her child sister a “hero” who all the time put her kids — ages 13 to 24 — first. Rutter had been a single mom because the dying of her husband in 2012, Olsen stated.

Per his “mom’s needs,” Rutter’s oldest son, Tyree, will turn into the authorized guardian of his youthful siblings, Olsen informed CNN.

A retired New York Occasions reporter and editor

Alan Finder, a longtime reporter and editor at The New York Occasions, died March 24, the newspaper’s govt editor Dean Baquet stated.

Finder, 72, had retired however began working final month on the Occasions’ worldwide desk, filling in for a couple of days, a spokesperson for the newspaper stated.

“Alan Finder, a longtime and beloved colleague at The New York Occasions, died this morning after testing optimistic for Covid-19 a couple of weeks in the past,” Baquet stated in a press release.

“He was considered one of Metro’s stars within the 1980s and 1990s, an enormous author in an enormous, massively aggressive period for New York Metropolis information,” Baquet added. “Alan was additionally a beneficiant and affected person colleague. He touched lots of our lives at The Occasions and will probably be missed.”


An NBC Information staffer

Larry Edgeworth, an NBC employee, died of issues as a result of coronavirus, NBC Information Chairman Andrew Lack informed employees in a memo on March 20.

Edgeworth lately labored within the gear room, Lack stated, however earlier than that, he spent most of his 25 years at NBC Information as an audio technician.

“Lots of you have been lucky sufficient to work with Larry through the years,” Lack stated, “so you recognize that he was the man you wished by your aspect regardless of the place you have been.”

That sentiment was echoed by Roxanne Garcia, CNN’s senior director of newsgathering, who labored with Edgeworth for 17 years at NBC.

“He was a very huge man with a very huge coronary heart,” Garcia stated, including, “He had a terrific giggle and a terrific smile.”

Edgeworth spent numerous months overlaying tales removed from dwelling, in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, Garcia stated.

“He all the time made you’re feeling like there was somebody there who cared about you,” she stated, “and there was somebody who cared concerning the story we have been telling.”

Edgeworth leaves behind a spouse and two sons, Lack’s memo stated.

A former magician

Richard Curren, a father of two, died March 17, only a few days after falling unwell.

He had been residing at an assisted residing facility in Florida together with his spouse of greater than 5 a long time.

“Richard was ebullient. He was loving,” his spouse, Sheila Curren, told CNN affiliate WPLG. “What do you say in a second like that? He was good.”

Their son, Erik Curren, informed CNN that the couple met in Chicago. They raised their household there earlier than retiring to Florida a couple of decade in the past.

Shortly earlier than Erik was born, Curren determined he wished to be an expert magician. Sheila was his assistant. Curren would later work in gross sales.

He was additionally keen about water sports activities and aggressive swimming.

His household stated he was hospitalized with respiratory points thought-about routine, however he died this week. Docs informed the household his dying was attributable to issues from coronavirus.

“I feel the household is in shock as a result of he all the time pulled via,” the Curren’s daughter, Tracie Curren, informed WPLG.

As a magician, Curren beloved sharing magic tips with kids.

“Irrespective of what number of joint alternative surgical procedures he endured, he nonetheless couldn’t resist an opportunity to get down on the carpet to play with a toddler,” his son wrote on Fb.

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