The lives misplaced to COVID-19: Remembering beloved associates, relations

ABC News remembers a few of those that misplaced their lives from the coronavirus.

December 29, 2020, 9:00 AM

• 16 min learn

The novel coronavirus bodily separated many households, associates and communities this 12 months, however for some, their connections held robust by a shared grief over their misplaced family members. As the vacation season wraps up, ABC News remembers a few of those that misplaced their lives from the coronavirus and whose households have been lacking them on the dinner desk this 12 months.

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In Indianapolis, beloved highschool soccer coach Paul Loggan fell sick with COVID-19 in May.

Loggan had coached at North Central High School for greater than 30 years. Following his loss of life, highschool soccer groups throughout Indiana paid their respects.

“No one wanted us to succeed more than you did and we’re really thinking about you and your family,” stated a North Central High School scholar.

To honor the coach, who was additionally a husband and father, every highschool turned on their stadium lights at 7 p.m. sharp to recollect the sunshine Loggan delivered to so many younger athletes.

“The one thing I want people to know about my dad is how he always put others first,” stated his son, Michael Loggan. “And I can’t thank him enough for the childhood he gave us and the legacy he left. We all have big shoes to fill.”

The coach’s household began “The Paul Loggan Foundation” to help local student athletes. His widow, Kathy Loggan, said her husband should be remembered by all the love he had to give.

“At the top of the day, or the top of the follow, he at all times had the most important bear hug for them and [he] informed us how a lot he cherished them,” she said.

Over 1.6 million people have died from COVID-19 worldwide, including over 300,000 in the U.S.. But while the recently-approved vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna promise hope, each virus death still falls heavy on the hearts of loved ones.

In El Paso, Texas, six members of Bonnie Soria Najera’s family died from the virus. Najera said her relatives “have been all being very cautious,” adding they only went outside their homes for “important issues” and she doesn’t know how they all contracted the virus.

“First my mom handed away. Then my dad and my cousin Martha. My aunt Rachel, my aunt Lupe and my uncle Louie,” said Soria Najera. “This Christmas, not solely are we not going to have the ability to get collectively … we’ll have empty chairs that can by no means … be crammed once more.”

Soria Najera implored others to take the appropriate safety measures against the virus.

“You have the chance to handle yours, and ensure that they’ll have a subsequent 12 months.

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