‘That Virus Took My Family Away’: SoCal Couple Dies From COVID-19 One Day Apart, Leaving Behind 5 Young Children
A South Los Angeles couple died one day apart from each other after being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.
Humberto Ruelas-Rivas, 60, died on Sunday, just before his 38-year-old wife Karina Bonilla died Monday.
“Within six days, I lost my father. And within eight hours, I lost my stepmother. And now I have five kids,” said Ruelas-Rivas’ daughter, Maria Ruelas of Downey.
Ruelas, 35, is now taking care of her five young siblings, ages 2 to 17, as well as her 30-year-old sister who was hospitalized with coronavirus and meanwhile had a stroke.
“It’s gonna be a struggle. I don’t have children of my own and now I know maybe this is the reason why,” Ruelas said.
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