Virtual memorial service for first COVID-19 death in EBR

One year anniversary for the first COVID death in EBR

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Tuesday, March 23, marks a year since the first COVID-19 related death in East Baton Rouge Parish.

We reflect back on the lives lost over the past year and the first death we covered in EBR was Chaiquita Chambers and at the time, her kids were 10 and 17-years-old. So, many families like this one are still getting used to having empty seats at the dinner table.

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said you can expect a very inspirational and memorial tribute as we remember family members, friends and neighbors.

Poets and a pastor will sing in memory of the first person from EBR who died from COVID-19.

“What we’re doing is what I would say a humble tribute to the 699 people who passed away,” said Mayor Broome. “Just remembering them and acknowledging the grief felt by loved ones and the hope that we now have because a vaccine has arrived.”

Friend reflects on EBR's first coronavirus death, a 44-year-old woman

She said Tuesday we’re reminded of the first responders who have been there with us from the very beginning, medical professionals, those who work in the hospitals and other facilities. Also, those working in nursing homes and families in general.

The service will be streamed on her Mayor Broome’s Facebook page and on YouTube for those that might not be able to tune in at 8 a.m.

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