A teen in Georgia is mourning the loss of his parents who died within days of each other after both were stricken by the coronavirus, according to local news reports and a GoFundMe.
Justin Hunter is still trying to make sense of a senseless set of events two weeks ago after his mother, Angie, and dad, Eugene, tested positive for COVID-19, even though each took the necessary precautions, ABC affiliate WSB-TV reported.
“We were a regular family just trying to stay safe during this pandemic,” the 17-year-old told the news organization. “When my mom would go to the store, she would be wearing (a) mask and she would be wearing gloves.”
Despite adhering to all the health and safety protocols, the pair contracted cases so debilitating that Eugene, 59, eventually died on July 26 followed by his 57-year-old wife four days later, according to WSB-TV.
Justin told NBC affiliate WXIAthat neither of his parents had any underlying health issues.
With no other siblings or immediate family members to lean on, Justin has now been left to live with relatives as he prepares to enter his senior year in high school.
“They never raised me to sit around and feel sorry for myself in any situation and I just gotta keep going and pushing,” Justin told the outlet. “I know they’re happy up there and that’s what makes me happy.”