Boy, 4, ‘wants to be an angel’ with mum and dad after both killed by coronavirus
Raiden Gonzalez lost both his parents to Covid-19
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A four-year-old boy who lost both his parents within 100 days of each other after they both died from coronavirus says he 'wants to be an angel'.
Little Raiden Gonzalez first lost his dad Adan, 33, in June before his 29-year-old mum Mariah succumbed to the virus in October.
Now as he prepares to mark his fifth birthday, his great aunt who is helping to care for him along with his grandmother says the boy said he wanted to be an angel with his parents.
Speaking to CNN in the USA, great aunt Margie Bryant – who he lovingly also calls grandma – said Raiden will “tell you, ‘Covid took my dad’,”.
Margie drove down to Antonia, Texas, where the boy lives as soon as she heard the news and was the one who broke the news of his mother's death to the child.
Adan, 33, and Mariah Gonzales, 29, died within 100 days of each other
The boy said he wants to be an angel
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She said: “And it’s sad to hear him say that, but he says, ‘My dad is an angel in the sky, he’s in the clouds,’ and that is how he has recorded it in his mind whenever people ask him.”
She added: “He’s so smart. He has the most contagious laughter.
"It broke my heart to be the one to deliver this news to him about his mother, Mariah.
“I told him, ‘The reason you haven’t seen Mommy in the past couple of days is because Mommy got real sick, and Mommy is an angel in the sky now, too,’ and he was just inconsolable.
“He says to me, ‘I want to be an angel in the clouds with my Mommy and Daddy.’
A parade is being organised to honour the orphan's birthday
Raiden lost both his parents
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“But I said, ‘No, we don’t even want to talk about that, but know that they are everywhere, they are watching you'."
The family are hosting a dinosaur themed “wave and roar” drive-by parade on Thursday, November 28, to celebrate the boy's fifth birthday.
The local fire department, a Batman entertainer, monster truck clubs, motorcycle clubs and classic car clubs are all due to participate.