TYLER, Texas (KETK) – As thousands die from the coronavirus, they leave behind grieving families, many of them never getting the chance to say goodbye.
Argelia Espinoza never thought she would be in that situation herself.
Growing up in Mexico, family meant everything. When her mother passed away, Espinoza’s father became her rock. Remembering the special moments she had with him, like his taco stand.
“He would get up early in the morning, and he would sell tacos,” said Espinoza.
One of her favorite memories was going to school. Every day she would be sent out to go to the bank during class, and the teacher would ask who would walk with her. Espinoza said that’s when everyone would raise their hand, knowing on the way to the bank, they would stop at her father’s truck and get food. “He would usually bring us home some leftover taquitos, tacos he would sell over there, and even the neighbors were just like did he have any tacos left!” smiled Espinoza.
At 78-years-old Nicolas Garcia moved to the United States with his daughter. The patriarch of the family, until the tables turned in April. Espinoza said her father was diabetic, and as soon as she found out he wasn’t eating, she made his health her priority. Still, she said he never showed signs of COVID-19.
“He didn’t have any fever, he didn’t have any cough,” explained Espinoza, “he didn’t have any symptoms of COVID that we knew of.”Still she knew something was wrong. Remembering one instance when her brother went to check on their father, Garcia was too weak to even open the door. It was then, […]