PALMDALE, Calif. - " She's a beautiful soul who left way too soon."
That's how Darlene Tolman describes the sudden death of her cousin, 43-year-old Brenda Martinez of Palmdale, from COVID-19.
The mother of six took ill a week ago.
Last night she died in the hospital from complications of that disease.
Sadly, not only are the children left without a mother, they too have tested positive for the potentially lethal virus.
The Martinez children range in age from 2 to 19.
We are told only the two eldest displayed any symptoms of COVID-19.
But their cases are mild.
19-year-old Juan sent FOX 11 a video of him honoring his mom and thanking the many people who have donated on their GoFundMe page.
The family has a rough road ahead.
As for now, all six kids are under one roof.
Family members said they are surrounding the kids with love and support.
Brenda Martinez wore a mask, social distanced and isolated to protect her and her kids.
No one knows where she contracted the virus.