'It just happened that fast': Milwaukee family mourns loss of 30-year-old brother to COVID-19

Posted at 9:21 PM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 23:17:22-05

MILWAUKEE — A 30-year-old Milwaukee man has died from complications of COVID-19, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner.

Family says Willie Dawson was a loving brother, son, uncle and friend.

"He was funny, he loved to say jokes, and he loved the Green Bay Packers," Dawson's sister, Yamia Dawson said.

Dawson's sisters describe him as spontaneous, extroverted, and they said he loved kids. They said Dawson lived with autism and went to school at Angel Heart's day program.

"He holds everybody's hand, everybody he loves and likes and all of that," said Dawson's sister Felicia Douglas.

Less than two weeks ago, his sisters say Dawson got sick and died three days later on Nov. 1 at Froedtert Hospital. His sisters say Dawson had other health issues as well.

"It just happened that fast, he just came home and said, Bea, my neck hurt," Douglas said.

Data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services shows the 30 to 39 age group makes up one percent of the states 2,329 deaths.

Douglas and Dawson say they lost an aunt to COVID-19 earlier this year, and they just buried their grandmother last month. Now they are trying to stay strong for the rest of the family.

"I know this is about the holidays, people want to be out, they want to be around people, but you have to protect the vulnerable," Dawson said.

The funeral for Willie Dawson will be held Tuesday at New Pitts Mortuary.

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