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A second Denver Sheriff Department deputy working at the city’s downtown detention center has died due to COVID-19 complications, less than two weeks after the first, the agency announced.
Deputy Daniel “Duke” Trujillo, a 33-year-old former Marine, died Wednesday night with his family by his side, the sheriff’s department said.
Deputy James Herrera, 51, died of COVID-19 on May 16.
“We ask that you keep his family in your thoughts and prayers and respect their privacy,” the department said in a news release. “We also ask that you pray for the members of our department as well.”
Both Trujillo and Herrera worked at the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center, which has had an active COVID-19 outbreak since April 2020.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment data shows 1,261 COVID-19 cases at the detention center, with 107 of them among staff members. The health agency has not connected any deaths to the detention center outbreak.