A community in the Atlanta area is rallying around a teenager who lost both of his parents to COVID-19 just days apart, WSB reports.
“We were a regular family just trying to stay safe during this pandemic,” 17-year-old Justin Hunter said.
The high school senior said he and his parents, Angie and Eugene, took all the proper precautions.
“For example, my mom. When she would go to the store she would be wearing a mask. She would be wearing gloves,” he said.
But about two weeks ago, they all became infected with COVID-19.
“I don’t really know how our family got the virus,” he said.
Hunter said he was asymptomatic, but his parents started showing serious symptoms.
“Their temperature, it skyrocketed. They had headaches. Horrible cough. They just felt very lazy,” he said.
Hunter’s parents were rushed to the hospital. His father, an accomplished musician, lost his battle with the virus on July 26. His mother, a human resources executive, died four days later.
“The last thing he said was ‘I love you,’ and I’m going to get better, and I’m going to keep fighting,” he said. “They never raised me to just sit around and feel sorry for myself in any situation.”
Hunter said his strength comes from his parents, his two biggest role models who shared an incredible marriage for 35 years and had been his No. 1 fans since he started playing football as a young child.
“Their relationship was true love for sure. They had very big hearts, and they would give without even thinking about getting back,” he said.
Donations continue to pour in for the family.
“It feels really good to know that I’ve got people that have my back,” he said.
Hunter has this message for anyone who isn’t taking the pandemic seriously: “If you don’t wear it for yourself, wear it for the next person cause you could be saving that person’s life.”
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