13 year old Brampton girl is one of the youngest to die from COVID-19; here's how you can help
Residents in the community are mourning the loss of one of the youngest victims of COVID-19.
It was recently reported that 13 year old Brampton girl Emily Victoria Viegas passed away on Thursday, April 22 after contracting the virus.
Brampton mayor Patrick Brown shared his condolences and said he was horrified upon hearing the news.
“This is beyond heart wrenching. As a parent, I am lost for words,” Brown said on social media.
“We can never underestimate the seriousness of COVID-19 and the variants.”
A GoFundMe page was set up by Mississauga resident Adrian Goddard, a friend of Emily’s father.
“With a heavy heart I regret to announce the passing of Emily Victoria Viegas, the 13 year old daughter of our good friend Carlos Viegas,” Goddard wrote.
“If you have the means, please donate whatever you can to help with her funeral and burial costs.”
As of Sunday, April 25, the GoFundMe has raised over $30,000 from more than 300 donors, tripling its $10,000 goal.
The COVID-19 situation continues to worsen in Brampton, with sources indicating that cases of the new variant first detected in India have already appeared in the city.
Peel Region (Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon) saw a record-breaking number of new COVID-19 cases on Friday, April 23, where it reported 1,232 new cases in one day.
Photo via GoFundMe
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