The mother and father had been suffering from ailments before the virus took their lives.
Losing someone is not easy. It's even harder when you lose a parent that you love dearly. 14-year-old Isaiah and 11-year-old Nathan from Houston, Texas, lost their mom after she lost her battle to COVID. Just when they thought they were hit with the greatest tragedy of their life by losing their mom, within two weeks, they lost their dad as well. The devastated boys lost both their parents within such a short span, leaving them shattered and heartbroken beyond words.
According to ABC 13, the mother of the two boys, Naomi Esquivel, 39, passed away on July 12 after suffering from coronavirus. They had not even recovered from their mother's loss when on July 17, the father, Carlos Garcia, 44, was found unresponsive in his bed from deprivation of oxygen. Naomi's mother Rita Marquez-Mendoza revealed that Carlos had been hospitalized for kidney failure and was recovering from the virus as well when he attended his wife's funeral along with his kids.
Two weeks is all it took for the boys' life to change forever. A devastated Isaiah couldn't believe what his and his brother's life had come to so suddenly. He couldn't even wish his parents well before their demise. Talking to ABC 13 he said, "I didn't get to say goodbye to my mom or my dad now, and that's what hurt me the most right now."
Jacob Mendoza, the boys' uncle, expressed his love for the couple and the pain the entire family is going through. He said, "He had just spoken to his son at 11 o'clock. They pronounced him dead at 12:24. I love them with all my heart and I know what their parents would've wanted was for me take them in." Mendoza, a father of four kids, has decided to take care of the boys as his own.
Fighting through the pain of their tragic loss, the boys are grateful to have still have someone to call family. Explaining his gratitude, Isaiah said, "At least, since he [my father] passed, we get to be with our family." He continued, "We don't have to go to an orphanage or anything. I'd rather be here than anywhere else right now."
As far as the reports are concerned, the reason for the couple's untimely death is said to be their underlying health issues, which got triggered by the virus. Expressing grief, Marquez-Mendoza said, "Dying now is more tragic than it was before because you die alone. You die alone without your family members." Buried in misery, the mourning grandma continued, "We hadn't even begun to grieve my daughter and now we have to bury Carlos and the grandchildren are left without a mom and a dad. This disease is just horrible."
The loss of Naomi and Carlos has been felt by the entire family as much as the boys. According to KCTV5, Marquez-Mendoza was at a lack of words to describe the extent of their bereavement and said, “We have no words to describe it … no words. We’re Christian people and we accept the will of God, and we know that if this was his will, that he’s going to guide us through it.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds to help the boys still have a healthy life after their tragic loss. The page states, "The money being raised will be for their living expenses and anything they may need. This Go Fund Me was originally created for Funeral Expenses for Carlos; however, at the last minute, we received a very generous donation that helped pay for all Funeral Expenses! Thank God!"
Daniel Esquivel, who started the campaign, acknowledged the contributors with a concluding message that read, "I just want to thank each and every one of you in advance and tell you that the family greatly appreciates you in our time of sorrow."