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Maryland woman reminds people to be careful after losing 3 family members due to COVID-19


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(WJLA) – For T. Shanta Leake-Cherry life will never be the same.

“Family gatherings are not going to be the same,” she said.

She says in March, her sister Enekee Leake, 45, was diagnosed with COVID-19.

“She was on the ventilator for about two weeks before expiring,” she said.

A few weeks later, she received more concerning news.

She says her brother John Leake Jr., 44, and mother Leslie Leake, 74, were hospitalized due to COVID-19.

“My mom, she went in the hospital the same day. she went first,” she said.

John and Leslie llived together in D.C., with Shanta's father, niece and nephew.

John and Leslie died in April.

“My mom passed on April 30th, yesterday,” she said. “Her last words to us, through the nurses, was ‘not to worry’ and that she would be ok.”

Shanta says her mom was more than just the matriarch in the family, she was also known for giving back in the community.

“Even being on a fixed income, she made sure that she fed those in need, so I’m going to make sure that I continue her legacy,” she said.

Part of that legacy is deeply rooted in faith.

“I will continue to keep the faith just by praying to god and reading my word,” she said. “If I didn’t have my faith, I would be in a corner, looking at a wall....It is my faith that is keeping me strong,” she said.

She’s sharing her story, to help others.

“Because a lot of people aren’t taking it seriously, because it’s an invisible enemy. You can’t look at someone and say if they are sick or not,” she said. “Following the CDC guidelines, is just the best thing that you can do. If at all possible.”

Shanta’s father and nephew were also diagnosed with COVID-19 in D.C. They are doing ok.

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Friends started a GoFundMe page, to support the Leakes.

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