Each Friday since the coronavirus outbreak began, NewsHour has been offering tributes to just some of those who have perished from COVID-19. During this Thanksgiving holiday, we remember five special people who have fallen to the pandemic.
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More than 264,000 Americans have died during this pandemic.
As we do every Friday, we look now at some of the lives cut short by COVID-19.
Bryan Fonseca's personality was as loud and colorful as his shirts. In high school, he found a home at the theater, first as an actor, and later as a director and theater owner in Indianapolis.
He was fearless, known for putting on shows that explored controversial or taboo themes and for prioritizing diversity in his ranks. He was a tough and demanding leader, but a lovable friend, brother and uncle. At age 65, he maintained an insatiable curiosity, especially about his Mexican heritage. He collected Day of the Dead art and enjoyed ending the day with a glass of good tequila.
Alexandra Chitwood was kind and agreeable, her husband said, but a fierce advocate for students who needed her guidance as a school counselor in Manheim County, Pennsylvania.
Their marriage was a fairy tale love story. They met on a school trip in Rome, Italy. They would go on to explore the rest of Europe together, to try new recipes and restaurants with friends, raise two sons, and become grandparents. According to her husband, it was the happiest 10 years of their lives. Alexandra was 47 years old.
George Longoria Jr. was a quintessential Houstonian, his family said. For 30 years, the security guard worked every type of event in the city, from comedy shows to concerts to sporting events. An active sports fan himself, George played soccer as a goalie starting at the age of 5. The 50-year-old was described by his family as adventurous, playful and funny, a supportive husband and encouraging father.
Peyton Baumgarth had an electric personality, his family said. He was charismatic, loving, and effortlessly hilarious. From a young age, Peyton had a love for music and video games. The Saint Louis area native wanted to be a video game developer when he grew up. Peyton's mom described her son as momma's little boy.
They enjoyed spending time together, shopping, crafting, or just holding hands and watching TV. She said he and his older sister loved each other fiercely, too. Peyton was only 13 years old.
Spoiling his children and grandchildren brought Edwin Montanano so much joy, his kids said. Edwin came from humble beginnings in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States at age 26 to pursue a career in nursing. He worked at New Jersey's Saint Michael's Medical Center for 36 years with his wife, who was also a nurse.
Described by their children as a perfect match, Edwin and his wife loved to travel together. Jovial, funny, loyal and generous, Edwin was 73 years old.