The coronavirus pandemic affects almost everyone in the world in different ways, but for a family in Louisiana, the deadly virus caused a particularly devastating blow. Four members of the same family died after becoming infected with the virus, including the 86-year-old matriarch. Antoinette Franklin and three of her sons all died within a few days.
Antoinette Franklin, a New Orleans lifelong resident, died on March 23. Her son Herman Franklin Jr., 71, died on March 20. He was the father of eight children, it says in his obituary. Another of her sons, Anthony Franklin Sr., 58, died on March 26 and a third, Timothy Franklin, 61, died on March 30.
All three brothers were remembered on April 3 at a “Celebration of Life”. According to the obituaries, there were nine other siblings in the family.
On April 4, a service was held for her mother at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where she had been a member for over 60 years.
Antoinette Franklin’s obituary says that she had 12 children. Three of them died within days of her – all from the corona virus.
A spokesman for the New Orleans Coroner’s Office confirmed to CBS News that all four family members had tested positive for COVID-19 and that their causes of death were still under investigation.
Louisiana was one of the states most affected by the coronavirus. In fact, New Orleans had twice as many deaths per capita as New York City, and the African American community was disproportionately affected.
“Wake up! Covid-19 doesn’t discriminate who infects it, but> 70% of LA deaths are African American,” said the former mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu tweeted. This statistic was previously shared by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards during a press conference.
Landrieu compared the coronavirus crisis to hurricane Katrina. “The generational communities came back much faster [after Katrina]. You will see this with people who have access to transportation and health care. The same applies to food security. Concentrate on a just response. ” he tweeted.
So far, according to New Orleans Public Health, there have been at least 4,942 confirmed coronavirus cases in New Orleans and 185 deaths.
The loss of so many members of the Franklin family in New Orleans reflects another heartbreaking story from New Jersey. In March, four members of the Fusco family died of the corona virus, including 73-year-old Grace Fusco and three of their eleven children.
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