Arizona Teen Loses Both Parents to Coronavirus Within Hours of Each Other

Lisa Vasquez (left) and her husband Tony Vasquez die of COVID-19, leaving behind their daughter Brisa Vasquez. (Courtesy Rachel Tribby)

A Chandler High School student lost both of her parents this week to COVID-19.

Tony and Lisa Vasquez died of complications due to COVID-19, the family confirmed through friends.

The coach of Chandler High’s swim and dive team has made a GoFundMe page to help cover the funeral expenses for the Vasquezes, who were deeply involved with the team where their daughter serves as captain, said Rachel Tribby, vice president of the team’s booster club.

Tony Vasquez was the president of the swim and dive team’s booster club, and worked tirelessly for the team his daughter, 17-year-old Brisa Vasquez, has been on for four years, Tribby said.

“He was always smiling and always sweating,” Tribby said, who worked with Vasquez on the booster club for three years. “He worked his tail off. He was the hardest worker you’ve ever met in your whole life.”

Lisa Vasquez was also involved behind the scenes, making sure things went smoothly for the team. The Vasquez family, Tribby said, was a package deal.

“Tony brought his entire family on board as booster club,” she said, “so when we say Tony it really means, Tony, Lisa, cousins, his sister Gloria.”

When the team’s fundraisers were canceled in spring, it was the Vasquez family who stepped in to fundraise, Tribby said.

Tony and Lisa were both admitted to the hospital after struggling with COVID-19 complications. Both Tony and Lisa died within hours of each other — Tony on Wednesday evening and then Lisa Thursday morning, according to the GoFundMe page.

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SOURCE: AZ Central; Arizona Republic, Madeline Ackley