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D.C. mayor says sister died from COVID-19 complications; ‘she joins the legions of angels’

Muriel Bowser
Posted at 1:07 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 18:29:42-05

WASHINGTON - The mayor of Washington D.C. declared Wednesday a day of remembrance as the nation’s capital surpassed 1,000 deaths from the coronavirus, including the mayor’s sister.

Following Mayor Muriel Bowser’s declaration, she shared that her sister was among those who lost their lives this week.

In a thread on Twitter, Bowser said her sister Mercia had been treated for COVID-19-related pneumonia, and died Wednesday morning from complications related to COVID-19.

“Mercia was loved immensely and will be missed greatly, as she joins the legion of angels who have gone home too soon due to the pandemic,” Mayor Bowser tweeted.

“I ask that you continue to keep those who have been lost or impacted by the pandemic and those who are working so hard to protect us from it in your thoughts/prayers,” she added.

Wednesday night, houses of worship across the D.C. area will honor the lives lost to COVID-19.