Justin Hunter, a high school football player, recently lost his parents to COVID-19 and the teenager has been met with love and support from people across the world.
A seventeen-year-old high school football player, Justin Hunter, recently lost his parents to COVID-19 just four days apart. Following the tragic loss, Hunter has been surrounded by love and support from people on and off the internet.
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Taking to Twitter, Hunter shared photos of himself with his parents, Eugene and Angie Hunter, alongside a sweet tribute which he dedicated to them.
In the tribute, Hunter expressed love for his parents while describing them as his biggest role models. The tweet also saw Hunter expressing gratitude to friends and family who have shown him love since the death of his parents. He wrote:
"Thank you all for your support. It means the world to me… love you all."
Hunter is on his way to becoming a senior at John Creek High School and he is currently a linebacker on the school's football team. While speaking to WSBTV, Hunter revealed that he would dedicate his senior year to honor both of his parents.
Hunter continues to be strong and refuses to give up on his dreams and aspirations.
The teenager mentioned that he also tested positive for COVID-19 alongside his late parents and is currently still in quarantine. Although Hunter remained asymptomatic, Eugene and Angie developed symptoms and soon became very sick. Hunter said,
"Their temperatures skyrocketed. They had headaches. Horrible cough. They felt very lazy."
Hunter noted that before their diagnosis, his family tried to stay as safe as possible and his mom often wore masks and gloves whenever she went to the store.
He revealed that at first, they all quarantined separately at home, but as the situation worsened, they were eventually taken to the hospital. On July 26, Eugene passed away at the age of 59, and on July 30, his wife, Angie, also passed away at the age of 57.
According to Hunter, the couple met in college and were married for 35 years. While Angie worked as a human resources executive, Eugene was known for being a saxophone player in the church community.
The couple has been described as people who were loving towards everyone and were always willing to help. Hunter added that his parents were always supportive of his football aspirations and wanted him to work hard enough to get a scholarship to college and eventually play professionally.
Although he is still grieving the loss of his loving parents, Hunter continues to be strong and refuses to give up on his dreams and aspirations.
With a GoFundMe that has raised over $100,000 so far and the love from people around him, there is no doubt that Justin Hunter has better days ahead of him.