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EPCC trustee says mom has died, dad in ICU due to virus; makes emotional plea to avoid gatherings

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EPCC trustee says mom has died, dad in ICU due to virus; makes emotional plea to avoid gatherings

EL PASO, Texas — An elected member of the El Paso Community College Board of Trustees put out an urgent and highly emotional public plea Friday for El Pasoans to avoid holiday weekend mass gatherings, practice social distancing and wear face masks.

The reason for her plea?

Bonnie Soria Najera, who is EPCC’s district 7 trustee for the Lower Valley, tells ABC-7 that the cornavirus claimed the life of her mother on Friday afternoon and is now threatening to take her father’s life too.

Her mother, Rosie Soria, had been on a ventilator. Her father, Leo Soria, remains hospitalized in intensive care and was placed on a ventilator within an hour after his wife passed away.

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Najera tells ABC-7 she doesn’t want any other El Paso family to have to endure the tragic loss that she has.

She said "pain, anger, frustration and sadness" are among the emotions she’s feeling. "I wasn’t able to be there with either one of my parents. It’s just hard."

Why is she feeling anrgy?"Because people aren’t taking this seriously," she said of the virus restrictions and social distancing guidelines. "They’re not taking it seriously. They’re not staying home. They want to go out, have drinks. It’s just frustrating people aren’t taking this seriously."Najera continued, telling ABC-7… "You might think ‘I’m just going to go visit my mom because I haven’t seen her in so long.’ Your mom could be the one affected, your dad could be the one affected. I didn’t visit my parents. I put fruit and vegetables on their fence. No hospital visit – my mom just passed away about an hour ago and I just got […]

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