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Black Family Loses 4 Loved Ones in 10 Days to COVID-19 as Racial Disparities Exposed

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Medical worker transporting COVID-19 victim to morgue

*ABC News told the gut-wrenching story of Kevin Franklin, who lost his 86-year-old mother and three big brothers to the coronavirus pandemic in the span of just 10 days.

“I’m just torn up right now,” said Franklin of New Orleans. His life has been one of anguish and anxiety since March 20 when Herman Franklin was the first of the four to die at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center. Franklin says his loved ones didn’t know they had the disease until it was too late.

“No one seemed sick. Nobody complained about nothing,” the 56-year-old told ABC News. “We didn’t know my mom had it until my mom went into the hospital.”

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The Franklin family survived Hurricane Katrina, but those 2005 floodwaters that ravaged the city were at least visible. Like Katrina, though, the coronavirus appears to be bringing a disproportionate amount of pain to African Americans like Kevin Franklin, who is mourning his mother, Antoinette, his brothers Herman, 71, Timothy, 61, and Anthony, 58, all at the same time.

Below, ABC’s Nightline reports on COVID-19’s disproportionate toll on black communities.

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