Daniel Trujillo, married with two children, died Wednesday, the Denver Sheriff’s Department said.
“It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Daniel ‘Duke’ Trujillo, 33, Deputy Sheriff of Denver, from complications from COVID-19,” the department wrote on Facebook Thursday morning.
“We ask you to keep his family in your thoughts and prayers and to respect their privacy. We also ask you to pray for the members of our department as well. “
The former Marine had posted several anti-vaccination messages on social media in recent months, according to The Daily Mail.
On May 7, Trujillo changed the border of his Facebook profile picture to read “I have an immune system,” an apparent justification for not getting the vaccine, the outlet reported.
Last month, the border photo read “I don’t care if you’ve had your vaccine,” according to the article.
Screenshots of a post shared by the MP in April would include a TikTok article of a Navy railing against vaccines, the Mail said.
“Being a Marine taught me one thing: never be the first to volunteer,” the man said. “You all rush to line up to get the vaccine like people rush to get the new iPhone, and so history has told us that any new product that hits the market is always full of problems. And do you know how they solve these problems? “Trujillo captioned the clip, “I’ll get it later after you start growing appendages on your forehead,” according to the report.
The MP also reportedly disparaged the wearing of a mask on his social media accounts, which appeared to have been cleaned up on Friday night.
Trujillo worked at the downtown Denver detention center, where another relatively young MP was killed by the coronavirus less than two weeks ago
Congressman James Herrera, 51, died of COVID-19 on May 16, sheriffs said.
There have been 1,261 cases of COVID-19 at the prison – including 107 among staff members – since April 2020, according to The Canon City Daily Record.
Law enforcement officials were not required to be vaccinated, and the department does not keep track of who received a vaccine, according to the article.
“The vaccines were a choice,” Daria Serna, spokesperson for the sheriff’s department, told the newspaper.