WASHINGTON (WDVM) — Mayor Muriel Bowser’s sister, Mercia Bowser, passed away on Wednesday due to COVID-19 related complications.
“Mercia was loved immensely and will be missed greatly, as she joins the legion of angels who have gone home too soon due to the pandemic,” Bowser said in a statement.
Mercia was Mayor Bowser’s only sister and oldest sibling. She had been receiving treatment for COVID-related pneumonia at Washington Hospital Center until her death.
In her statement, Bowser asked that others “continue to keep those who have been lost or impacted by the pandemic and those who are working so hard to protect us from it in your thoughts and prayers.”
Bowser’s sister’s passing comes as the District death toll rises above 1,000. The grim milestone led the Mayor to designate February 24 as “A Day of Remembrance of the Lives Lost to COVID-19.” The Mayor had flags fly at half-staff and asked houses of worship to honor the lives lost as well.
In a statement, the Mayor said, “Today, we mourn the loss of more than 1,000 Washingtonians to COVID-19. These beautiful souls who passed were grandparents, parents, siblings, cousins, neighbors, classmates, colleagues, friends, and loved ones. This tragic milestone is a reminder that this pandemic has forever changed families and communities. Even when the pandemic ends, for many, the pain and loss will still be there. We will never know just how many lives have been saved through our shared commitment to wearing masks and social distancing, but we continue to make these efforts because we know that every single life saved is precious. Today, we pray for the lives lost and send our love to every person and family impacted by this virus and commit ourselves to continuing to work together.”