Mother of 6 Dies of COVID-19, All Children Test Positive

A Palmdale, California mother of six died Monday after testing positive for COVID-19. Her children had been isolated at home after they too tested positive for the virus.

Brenda Martinez, 43, had been hospitalized for a week, according to her sister-in-law Crystal Acosta Torres, who spoke with CBS Los Angeles.

“They need to pay their rent for this month and their bills for food and stuff,” Acosta Torres said. “It’s for the kids, because they don’t have anyone.”

Family members told CBS LA that Martinez had underlying health conditions. They said they were not sure how she contracted the virus.

Martinez's family has set up a GoFundMe page on behalf of her six children, who range in age from 2 to 19 years old.

“She’s amazing,” Acosta Torres said, fighting back tears. “She’s very strong, you know. She’s incredible. She will go above and beyond to help anyone in need, you know. She’s always there for you when you need her, an amazing mother.”

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