The five girls moved in with their aunt and uncle two weeks ago (Picture: WMC 5)
An aunt and an uncle have taken in their five nieces after the girls’ mother died of Covid at the age of just 33.
Fidencio Jacobo and his wife, Crystal Jacobo, have given their nieces a home after Fidencio’s sister, Jasmine Trihillo, sadly died in hospital earlier this month.
They’ve decided to take care of the girls at their three-bed home in Moreno Valley, California, to save their nieces – aged between 6 and 16, from going into foster care.
The girls’ parents, Jasmine, died of Covid just a few days after she video called her daughters from her hospital bed. Because of the sudden nature of her death the five siblings were unable to say goodbye to their mother.
Pipe fitter, Fidencio Jacobo, said he and he wife felt compelled to take in his sister’s children, turning their family-of-three into a family-of-eight, reports WMC 5.
He said: ‘We never expected this. My sister’s 33 years old.
‘Hearing their cries was the worst thing, those screams still haunt me. Every time I think about it, I hear those cries, and it breaks my heart. Nobody should have to experience that.’
‘It was hard, but it was something that had to be done. They’re family, so it didn’t matter. My family went from three to eight’, added nurse, Crystal.
While the girls say they are happy and grateful to be living with family, they have said they’re still giving over the loss of the mom.
‘I just miss my mom and wish she could be here with us’, said Esmerelda Trujillo.
‘I pray up to God and her to just keep my other family safe and do not let them pass.’
Jasmine Trihillo pictured with her five daughters (Picture: WMC 5)
The girls didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to the mother before she died (Picture: WMC 5)
Her sister, Jazlynn, added: ‘I tell my mom I love her. I tell her that at least you’re not hurting no more because it hurts me that when she was hurting, she couldn’t tell me that she loved me. But she blowed me a kiss while that mask was on her.’
The girls moved in with Fidencio, Crystal and their four-year-old child two weeks ago.
Fidencio added: ‘I put all my trust in God. He’s been with us, he’s blessed us and he’s seen us through so much. But we know we have a new mission. We have a new purpose.’
‘Through the storm, there is a rainbow. Even though Mom’s not here, they have a lot of family that love them and will always be there for them. If we can make an impact on their life, then I think that our mission will be accomplished’, Crystal said.
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