Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia’s Family Begins Scholarship In Mother’s Memory After Her Coronavirus Death


LONG BEACH (CBSLA)— Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia is speaking out after his mother died from coronavirus issues and encouraging individuals to take the pandemic seriously.

“To lose her is exceptionally ravaging for me and my bro and our family however she lived a wondrous life. We’re extremely happy with her,” Garcia said.

Garcia’s mother, 61-year-old Gaby O’Donnell, moved her household from Peru to the U.S. when Garcia was five years old.

He says O’Donnell represented the American Dream and worked to clean homes, learn English and raise her two kids before ultimately getting a task in a clinic where she worked for more than 25 years. She likewise later got her U.S. citizenship.

“When I was young she would work several jobs. She ‘d get back from the center and work a shift. And after that nights, she ‘d take another task. Or she ‘d work in a various clinic and take another shift,” Garcia said.

Garcia stated his mother’s difficult work inspired him and his bro Jake to both pursue college, resulting in them graduating from California State University Long Beach.

The Long Beach mayor is wanting to keep his mom’s memory alive, honor cutting edge workers throughout this pandemic, and encourage Americans to do all they can to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

“People require to take this seriously. Young individuals require to be accountable, have some self-sacrifice, wear a mask, social range,” Garcia said. “If you’re still out there calling this thing a scam. Truthfully, you’re causing a danger in our neighborhood.”

O’Donnell used her protective devices at work however it’s uncertain where or how she contracted the coronavirus.

Her boys have actually started a scholarship fund at Cal State Long Beach for immigrant women who are pursuing a profession in healthcare.

O’Donnell’s hubby and the mayor’s stepfather, Greg O’Donnell, is currently on a ventilator as he fights the coronavirus as well.

Garcia stated previous Vice President Joe Biden reached out to him after hearing of his mom’s death.

This evening I got a call from Vice President @JoeBiden about my mama. I can’t reveal enough just how much convenience it brought me. My household will be permanently grateful for his words and assistance.”

This night I received a call from Vice President @JoeBiden about my mother. I can’t express enough how much comfort it brought me. My household will be permanently grateful for his words and support.

— Robert Garcia (@RobertGarciaLB) July 29, 2020

“I became a citizen when I was 21. I ended up being mayor at 36. That’s due to the fact that of my mommy. That’s since of her work and her sacrifice,” Garcia said.

Mayor Garcia did not test favorable for the virus.