Caleb Wallace, anti-mask organizer in Texas, dies of COVID-19
Caleb Wallace, the co-founder of the San Angelo Freedom Defenders and West Texas Minutemen State Coordinator, has died from causes related to COVID-19, according to an update on GoFundMe by his wife, Jessica Wallace.
“Caleb has peacefully passed on. He will forever live in our hearts and minds❤️,” reads the most recent update on the campaign that was set up to help Wallace’s three children and his wife, a stay-at-home mother who is expecting a fourth child in late September.
“Caleb has peacefully passed on. He will forever live in our hearts and minds,” she wrote in an update on the site.
Wallace, of San Angelo, had been at the local Shannon Medical Center since July 30. He had been unconscious, ventilated and heavily sedated in the ICU there since Aug. 8, the San Angelo Standard-Times reported.
Earlier this week Jessica Wallace wrote on Facebook that her husband was not doing well. “It’s not looking in our favor,” she said. The hospital had informed her that it was running “out of options for him,” and asked about a “do not resusitate” order, she added.
She added: “My heart just can’t. I can’t imagine my life without him.”
The children sat at the dinner table snacking on cups of chocolate ice cream while Jessica called Shannon Medical Center. Eight months pregnant, she rested one hand on the curve of her belly waiting to speak with a nurse stationed at the hospital’s COVID-19 unit.
It’s become a daily ritual over the past three weeks: Jessica asks the nurse if a video call can be arranged with her husband, Caleb Wallace, who has been hospitalized with the coronavirus since the beginning of August.
“I can’t tell the difference if I have freedom to breathe free air or breathe it behind… sucking air behind this thing,” Wallace said while speaking to local officials at a COVID-19 Update held by the City of San Angelo on November 13, 2020.
“My health has nothing to do with you. As harsh as that sounds, but our constitutional, fundamental rights protect that. Nothing else.” said Wallace.
“I’m sorry if that comes off as blunt and that I don’t care. I do care. I care more about freedom than I do for your personal health.”