*After the funeral of Boston Police officer Jose Fontanez, who died earlier this month at the age of 53 from COVID-19, officer Kim Tavares wanted to hear “something comforting” that evening.
She scrolled through her phone, thinking of him and how they could not “give a proper send off” due to social distancing. She said she felt for his family.
A self-taught singer who has served for the department for the last 19 years, Tavares decided then to sing “America the Beautiful.” She recorded herself while wearing her uniform and posted the video to TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter.
The rest is viral history.