Little Village woman shares how the death of her step-dad caused by COVID19 affected her life and her community

"It is hard. Everywhere we go, it brings up a memory of him," said Sarai Camarillo of losing her stepfather of COVID-19. She said she has many neighbors who know the exact pain of losing a loved one to the pandemic.

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SARAI CAMARILLO: It-- it is hard. Everywhere we go, it brings us a memory of him.

YUKARI NAKAYAMA: Sarai Camarillo and her family are among many families in the Little Village community who have lost a loved one to COVID-19. Camarillo's stepdad, Margarito Lucero, died of the virus in May after working in a factory for two weeks. As his condition worsened, he ended up in the hospital. Then Camarillo received the news that her stepdad didn't make it.

SARAI CAMARILLO: They told me that he passed away. And it was shocking. You know, I cried for hours.

YUKARI NAKAYAMA: She says her family's life changed drastically. Her mother and sister forced to move into her apartment.

SARAI CAMARILLO: We know a lot of people that have lost their family members, and they-- they're in the same situation as us. They have to live with other families in a small space, in a small apartment. So it is hard.

YUKARI NAKAYAMA: Shortly after her stepfather's death, Camarillo says her, her mother, and sister all tested positive for COVID. Little Village has one of the highest COVID death rates in the city of Chicago. Camarillo says this could be due to the lack of resources and education, saying language is a big barrier. Camarillo says they'll continue to share her stepfather's memory to keep spreading awareness.

In Little Village, Yukari Nakayama, ABC 7 Eyewitness News.