A sheriff’s deputy in Denver, Colorado, who shared anti-vaccine content on Facebook has died of COVID. Daniel “Duke” Trujillo, 33, died on Wednesday evening from COVID complications, the Denver Sheriff Department said on Thursday. Trujillo was a former Marine who served as a deputy sheriff for 7 years and had recently been appointed vice-president of the Denver Sheriff Latino Organization.
Trujillo had previously shared social media content that appeared to reject the COVID vaccine. A Facebook profile photo updated in early May said “I have an immune system,” a common refrain among those eschewing pandemic-era precautionary measures. The last post on an Instagram account that appears to have belonged to Trujillo said “Before you shame me in public for not having a mask, ask yourself one simple question. Will this mask stop an uppercut?”
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Sheriff’s deputy who posted anti-vaccine content dies of COVID https://t.co/RZa8EeZF4V
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) May 28, 2021
True story: Denver Sheriff Deputy “Duke”, a former Marine, posted anti-vaccine videos/pictures on Facebook.
➡️Outcome: He dies of #COVID19. He was just 33-years old.
He’s the 2nd Denver Sheriff to die in 2 weeks. Please #vaccinate
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) May 28, 2021
It is with great sadness that we share 33-year-old Denver Sheriff Deputy Daniel “Duke” Trujillo passed away last evening from COVID-19 complications. We ask that you keep his family in your thoughts and prayers and respect their privacy during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/FACuhzgy9d
— Denver Sheriff (@DenverSheriff) May 27, 2021
Dying to own the libs pic.twitter.com/RKFv4kgeJA
— colorado peoples press (@colpeoplespress) May 27, 2021