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San Antonians Set Up Ofrendas To Remember Lives Lost To COVID-19

Rosemary Rangel Gutierrez and Brenda Li Garcia set up a vigil Thursday afternoon at Main Plaza for people who have died of COVID-19.
Jolene Almendarez for Texas Public Radio
Rosemary Rangel Gutierrez and Brenda Li Garcia set up a vigil Thursday afternoon at Main Plaza for people who have died of COVID-19.

Vigils are happening throughout the country Thursday after a group called "Marked by COVID-19" arranged for public memorials to be set up in honor of those who’ve died from the virus. In San Antonio an ofrenda with candles and photos went up in Market Square.

When Juan Carlos Rangel was rushed to a hospital in Brownsville because of COVID-19, he waited hours for an ambulance that never came. His daughter eventually took him to the emergency room. He died on July 12.  

Rangel’s daughter, Rosemary Rangel Gutierrez, is speaking out about the conditions people are facing in the Rio Grande Valley and the dangers on COVID-19.

"I really want to call unity within the Hispanic community because this illness is affecting us disproportionately, and I need them to know that more can be done to save lives. It just hasn't been done yet," she said. 

Those interested in participating were advised to bring folding chairs and small tables at the Main Plaza. The vigil will last until 7 p.m.

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