Pascua Yaqui mother and daughter were among first to die of COVID-19 in Arizona
August 24, 2020
Cecilia Rodriguez was celebrating her birthday when she last saw her mother and sister in the same room.
They were all living in her Tucson home. Her close-knit family are members of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe — a small tribe from northern Mexico with communities near Tucson and Guadalupe just south of Phoenix.
It was March 11 when people were still gathering, hugging, celebrating together.