The Central Texas community is having problems with the loss

As COVID cases continue to increase throughout Texas, it is understandable that there is an increase in COVID-19-related deaths.

Hospital ICUs are filling up with more and more cases of COVID-19 … some never get it.

Funeral homes, such as Killeen’s Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, feel an important case of déjà vu and a tragic trend that they hoped to never see again.

“It’s very similar to what we experienced early last year,” said Steve Faram, general manager of Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home. “I can’t say I didn’t really expect it, but I was a little surprised as the numbers started to increase as they have increased.”

COVID-19 doesn’t seem to care if you’re rich, poor, good or bad. It hits everyone equally.

The devastation of the sudden death of a loved one by COVID-19 is something that the director of the 17th district of the League of Latin American Citizens, AnaLuisa Tapia, learned tragically after her husband, Lorenzo, lost her fight against COVID-19 over the weekend.

“My husband went into glory on Saturday the 21stc at 3 in the morning, ”Tapia said.

Tapia and her husband stopped getting vaccinated due to work schedules.

Tragically, it turned out to be a decision he now regrets and doesn’t want to see anyone make.

“If there’s a place where you can do a shot, go ahead and do it,” Tapia said. “Don’t put it off, and if you get a reaction call, I’d rather have my husband call so that my husband is no longer here on earth.”

Tapia has had a flood of phone calls and condolences, but says the best way to honor the retired Army veteran he married is to do the things he would do for others.

“If you knew you would feed the homeless, go out and help someone,” Tapia said. “Go out to feed the homeless. If you knew I was going to fix your tire, go do this. Take that place, fill that gap and move on. We keep taking care of each other.”

Tapia urges the public to take vaccines and treatments seriously because COVID-19 is serious and does not want other families to go through what she and her family are going through now.

Tapia said his message about the COVID-19 vaccine is simple, don’t turn it off.