HOUSTON, Texas (CNN Newsource) – When 14-year-old Isaiah Garcia stood over his mother’s body at her funeral earlier this month, he thought it was the hardest thing he would do.
Two weeks later, his father died, too.
“I didn’t get to say goodbye to my mom or my dad now, and that’s what hurt me the most right now,” Garcia said.
39-year-old Naomi Esquivel, died on July 2 from COVID-19, according to her mother Rita Marquez-Mendoza.
Carlos Garcia, 44, Naomi’s husband of 24 years, attended her funeral with their two sons, Isaiah and 11-year-old Nathan.
Garcia was recovering from the virus when he was hospitalized for kidney failure.
“He had just spoken to his son at 11 o’clock. They pronounced him dead at 12:24,” said Jacob Mendoza, the boy’s uncle, a father of four, who will now raise the boys. “I love them with all my heart and I know this is what their parents would’ve wanted was for me take them in.”
“At least, since he [my father] passed, we get to be with our family,” said Isaiah. “We don’t have to go to an orphanage or anything. I’d rather be here than anywhere else right now.”
Both parents were alone when they died? The reality of COVID-19, which weighs on Naomi’s mother.
“Dying now is more tragic than it was before because you die alone. You die alone without your family members,” said Marquez-Mendoza. “We have no words, no words to describe it, no words, we are Christian people and we accept the will of God and we know if this is his will, he’s going to guide us through it.”
The family has set up a GoFundMe to help with the boys’ living expenses, as they try to cope with their own unimaginable loss. The GoFundMe’s original goal was $5,000 and has since surpassed $35,000.
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