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A grocery clerk with cerebral palsy died of coronavirus. She had kept working to help seniors

Zenobia Shepherd remembers her 27-year-old daughter, Leilani, who kept working her job at a grocery store because she wanted to help people, but ultimately died after contracting Covid-19.

Posted: Apr 8, 2020 10:30 PM
Updated: Apr 8, 2020 10:30 PM

As the coronavirus pandemic intensified, Leilani Jordan insisted on going to her job as a clerk at a Maryland grocery so she could help seniors, her mother said.

She had challenges of her own, as a worker with cerebral palsy. But as shoppers around the country raided shelves for necessities in early to mid-March, Jordan wanted to make sure the elderly got theirs.

"It's just crazy here at work ... but somebody's got to do it," Jordan said, according to her mother, Zenobia Shepherd. "I've got to help the older people."

"She was doing everything for them: Helping them put their groceries in their walkers, to helping them get into lifts," Shepherd said.

Then the 27-year-old became sick.

The clerk for a Giant Food store in Largo, a few miles east of Washington, was hospitalized with coronavirus in March and died last week, her family said.

"It was my baby!" Shepherd, crying, told CNN's "New Day" Wednesday. "All she wanted to do was just help people."

It isn't clear how Jordan got Covid-19. But she was working in a type of essential business where people still must gather at in a time when health officials would rather people stay apart.

Giant Food has said it was saddened to confirm an associate at the Largo store died of coronavirus, after having last worked there March 16.

"We can only imagine the heartache they are experiencing and have offered our support during this difficult time," the company said.

She secretly made a goodbye video, stepfather says

In the moments before Jordan died, she was intubated, unable to talk.

But, unbeknownst to her family, she'd already recorded her goodbyes.

Her stepfather, Charles, was at home after she died, going through some of her things.

"She (had taken) her password off of her phone," so it wasn't locked, he told CNN's Alisyn Camerota.

He found a video with a heart-wrenching message.

"She made a video saying goodbye to all us, and wished everybody the best," he said.

"She told us bye; her sisters, (and her service dog) Angel, bye; and all her friends.

"She told them, you know, 'See you on the other side.'"

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