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Clint ISD holds memorial for employee & wife who died of Covid

CLINT, Texas — The Clint Independent School District held a memorial for Leobardo Soria, a security guard at Carroll T. Welch Elementary school, and his wife Rosie on Tuesday evening. Leo and Rosie died after losing the fight to Covid-19 in 2020.

ABC-7 has been following their story since last year after their daughter, Bonnie Najera, was infected with Covid. Bonnie's parents were both admitted to the hospital and died a couple weeks apart.

"When we decided to honor Leo, it came to my mind, 'well Leo was a great person, but I bet mom (Rosie), was right behind him the whole time,'" said CISD Superintendent Dr. Juan Martinez as he addressed the family.

It's been nearly a year since they passed, and with covid restriction slowly lifting, the school brought the family to hold a memorial.

Najera told ABC-7 the memorial meant the world to her, "All of this has been really emotional and being that at the beginning of Covid, when my parents passed away, not having to have an actually memorial, this to us meant so much."

The school planted two trees in the courtyard to represent Leo and Rosie, as well as a school bench with Leo's name on it.

Shelby Montgomery

Las Cruces native Shelby Montgomery is an ABC-7 reporter who also co-anchors Good Morning El Paso weekends.

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