Jessica Murray was heartbroken over the number of deaths from Covid-19 in her hometown of St. Louis, Mo. In June, Murray came across a New York City website that was tracking lives lost to the virus, and within minutes, she had purchased a domain name to start a similar effort for St. Louis. “I just thought that, behind each of these numbers was somebody’s grandma or somebody’s sister or somebody’s mom,” Murray said. Since then she has posted about 125 short life stories of St. Louis residents lost to virus. Their relatives tell Murray how much her memorials mean to them. “It really moves me,” Murray said of the feedback. “It motivates me to keep on doing this whenever I feel like I’m just posting into the void.”

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