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Two kids recognized for honoring Coastal Bend COVID-19 victims

Posted at 10:30 AM, Sep 14, 2021

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Corpus Christi City Council is recognizing two local kids for their devotion to honoring victims of COVID-19 in the Coastal Bend.

The commendation of Kylie and Kendall Russell for creating "Coastal Bend Hearts - Taken by COVID" was the first item on the council's agenda Tuesday.

Coastal Bend Hearts - Taken by COVIDstarted as a Facebook group on Jan. 7. As of Tuesday, the group has 1,864 likes and 1,924 followers.

Kylie and Kendall started the page after their grandfather, Rudy Ramos, died from COVID-19 complications.

Since then Kylie and Kendall have posted photos honoring other Coastal Bend COVID-19 victims submitted by followers of the group.

"I want to remember people that have passed away due to Covid," the page says."My grandfather passed away on Christmas night from this horrible virus. These people are not just numbers, they were people that were loved."

One of the goals for Kylie and Kendall is to create a series of physical memorial walls in honor of the local COVID-19 deaths.

"Hello. Kendall and her older sister Kylie are in the process of creating a mobile memorial wall," says a post on the page. "This mobile wall will be displayed in different areas of Corpus Christi and throughout Nueces County."

Those interested in having their loved ones included on the wall are told tomessage the Facebook page.