My Brother-in-Law Was Murdered by a Friend

It was completely unintentional, but he is still dead. My sister and my brother-in-law were in a small group meeting recently, in which someone was unknowingly carrying COVID. Net result: 4 couples came down with COVID. Seven of the people, including my sister, survived. My brother-in-law did not. None of the 8 people who got COVID was vaccinated, and I’m assuming they were not masked in the meeting. Obviously, none of the 8 people intended to infect the other 7, including their spouse. It “just happened”. But he is still dead.

My sister has lost her soul mate. They were high school sweethearts; they almost lived in each other’s pockets. They had just bought his dream car – a 2006 Mazda Miata – to take road trips. Now he is gone.

A few years ago, they were riding their motorcycles on a mountain road when my sister saw her husband almost get hit by a log truck coming around the corner toward them. She made him sell his cycle, because she did not want to see him get killed. How will her decision to not insist that they get vaccinated affect the rest of her life?

Please learn from their pain. This was completely preventable! For the sake of your loved ones and friends, please get yourself (and them) vaccinated. And wear masks and maintain physical distance and social closeness.

Gary Langenwalter


  1. I am sorry for your loss Gary. Thank you for sharing this important message.

    I understand being cautious though the overwhelming evidence is that this vaccine saves lives. I don’t understand people who are playing Russian Roulette by not getting vaccinated. It is only a matter of time and no one knows what the virus will do to them. I doubt any of the nearly 700,000 Americans who have died during the pandemic expected that they’d be so unlucky.


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