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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

April 2020

TDCJ Mourns Loss of Kelvin Wilcher

CO Kelvin Wilcher

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is saddened to learn of the death of an employee that may be related to the COVID-19 virus.

49-year-old Kelvin Wilcher’s death is currently under investigation. Wilcher was a Correctional Officer who last worked March 31st at the Estelle Unit in Huntsville. On April 1st he went to a Houston hospital and suffered a cardiac event, later in intensive care he was tested for COVID-19 and on April 4th that test returned positive. Wilcher died April 6, 2020. It is under investigation if the virus contributed to his death.

“The thoughts and prayers of the entire Texas Department of Criminal Justice are with the Wilcher family,” Said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “To lose a loved one unexpectedly is a tragic experience for anyone and the TDCJ family extends its sympathy and sends strength to get through this difficult time.”