Deputy Daniel “Duke” Trujillo, a 33-year-old former Marine, enjoyed posting videos and pictures on social media mocking those who chose to get their COVID-19 shot.
Trujillo died Wednesday night of COVID-19 according to a news release from the sheriff’s department. He leaves behind a wife and young son.
The Denver Post reports he’s the 2nd Denver Sheriff to die in 2 weeks. Deputy James Herrera, 51, died of COVID-19 on May 16.
Both deputies worked at the Downtown Detention Center, which has had an active COVID-19 outbreak since April 2020. The Denver Sheriff Department website reported 11 active cases at the detention center as of Thursday.
Although the two worked in a location with a high risk of COVID infection, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Department told the Post that “vaccinations were a choice.”
At one point, Trujillo changed his social media profile photo to an image which read, “I have an immune system.”
Folks, COVID disinformation kills. Sadly, Trujillo bought into the false information that the coronavirus wasn’t that serious.
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
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