Ad Spot

January 15, 2021

Mississippi 25-year-old dies after battle with COVID; family says she was ‘perfectly healthy’ before virus struck

Adams County Coroner James Lee said, “COVID-19 has taken on a new meaning” when he lost his 25-year-old granddaughter to the disease Thursday morning.

“COVID-19 has left a big hole in our hearts,” Lee said.

Lee said his granddaughter, Samara Lyric Rand, was pregnant with a now 3-month-old child when she first contracted the virus and had been fighting serious lung problems since then.

Lee said Rand grew up in Holmes County and was a resident of Lexington (Mississippi). Rand graduated summa cum laude from Alcorn State University in Lorman and immediately decided to become a teacher, Lee said.

Rand was in her second year of teaching for Holmes County School District and was just getting her classes ready for virtual learning before she became sick, Lee said.

“She was a perfectly healthy young lady,” Lee said.

Approximately three months ago, Lee said Rand started experiencing, shortness of breath. Her breathing worsened to the point of doctors delivering her baby so she could be treated.

“She went on a ventilator and never came off,” Lee said.

Lee has been reporting COVID-19 deaths in Adams County since the start of the pandemic. At the loss of his young granddaughter, Lee said it is clear that the virus does not discriminate based on age.

“My message to young people, anyone her age or older, is that this pandemic is real and you need to be very cautious as how you adhere to the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines. Regardless of what anyone says, it’s real and you need to protect yourself. More young people are dying from the disease now, nationwide.”

Lee said the family would have a private funeral on Wednesday and said he is grateful to everyone who has reached out to his family and him.

“I thank everybody for their concern and the love they’ve shown to me and my family. Be safe,” he said.

News

Mississippi now says COVID-19 vaccination appointments to resume soon after more doses en route

News

BREAKING: Deadly shooting at Mississippi courthouse

News

January predicted to be Mississippi’s deadliest month in coronavirus pandemic

News

Police: Woman accidentally shot 10-year-old girl while trying to shoot dog

News

Did Mississippi Patriot Party storm U.S. Capitol? Leader says no, video suggests yes.

News

Highway patrol: Deer thrown off Mississippi interstate bridge crashes into front cab of semi-truck below

News

Troopers find woman stranded on side of road, help put her world back together

News

Search under way after construction worker thrown into Mississippi river by hit-and-run driver

News

Louisiana man charged after U.S. Capitol riot

News

Feds charge Arkansas man with beating police officer with American flag at Capitol riot

News

NASA to test ‘most powerful rocket’ engine in world Saturday in Mississippi

News

Lawsuit alleges cops killed autistic teen by sitting on him, putting in chokehold

News

Alabama man accused of storming Capitol said ‘the spirit of God wanted me to go in’

News

Mississippi National Guard to provide support in Washington, D.C., during presidential inauguration

News

What’s next for Donald Trump after second impeachment? He stands largely alone on sidelines as legacy written

News

Police: Mississippi man charged with capital murder after he choked, stabbed, ran over Uber driver in Texas

News

Mississippi coronavirus new cases moderate slightly, but deaths keep rolling in

News

New sawmill to bring 150 new jobs to Mississippi, investing $130M in state

News

Multiple arrests made one week after Mississippi’s Most Wanted list unveiled

News

Man pleads guilty to murder of Mississippi woman missing since 2019

News

Mississippi man dies in two-vehicle collision on Texas highway

News

As MegaMillions, Powerball jackpots reach historic highs, Mississippi lottery leader warns of scams

News

Mississippi police: Four-year-old shoots one-year-old with assault rifle

News

New Tate Taylor movie filmed in Mississippi to be released next month, stars Allison Janney