Raiden Gonzalez, a boy from Texas who turns 5 this month, will celebrate his birthday without his parents, who have both died of COVID-19 in recent months.
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Her mother, Mariah Salinas, died in October, a few months after her husband, Adan Gonzalez, also died from the disease.
“He misses his mother, he was a mama’s little boy,” his maternal grandmother, Rozie Salinas, told NBC News on Saturday. “This morning, he told me that he wanted to have her back by his side.”
“What should I tell her? You know, I just told him that they had become angels who watch over us and protect us, ”explained Mme Salinas.
Despite the brutal mourning, she nevertheless wishes to mark the boy’s birthday on November 28.
A parade for the boy
Grandma and her sister are organizing a big celebration in the car. Thanks to word of mouth, the parade will have quite impressive proportions.
The parade, which is themed around dinosaurs, will bring together local firefighters, a person playing Batman, a club of monster trucks, a motorcycle club and an antique car lovers club. Mustang, Jeep enthusiasts and many others will also be part of the party.
“We just want Raiden to know that we will be there for all of his birthdays, and we will make sure he is celebrated every year,” said the grandmother.
The family drama began when a colleague of Raiden’s father, Adan, who worked as a truck driver, tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this year.
A few days later, Adan was hospitalized after also being tested positive on June 3.
He died on June 26 at the age of 33.
Raiden’s mother, Mariah, 29, died suddenly on October 5, just hours after she began to feel ill.
It was not until several days after her death that the family were informed that they had indeed contracted COVID-19.