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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


January 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Maria Garcia

CO IV Maria Garcia
CO IV Maria Garcia

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is grieving the loss of an employee that is connected to the COVID-19 virus.

60-year-old Correctional Officer IV Maria Garcia had more than 3 years with the TDCJ and was assigned to the Connally Unit in Kenedy. She was on an approved leave due to the death of her brother and on December 27, 2020 tested positive for COVID-19. Garcia was initially hospitalized at a Kingsville Hospital but on January 20, 2021 she was transferred to a Corpus Christi hospital where she died on the afternoon of January 22, 2021.

“Family was of utmost importance to Maria Garcia,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “Not just her blood family but her TDCJ family. Those families are joined in grief now and the TDCJ family thoughts and prayers are with the Garcias. Maria Garcia will not be forgotten.”

“Officer Garcia has given unwavering service to the Connally Unit and was a valuable member of the team,” said Bobby Lumpkin, TDCJ Correctional Institutions Division Director. “She was a hard working team player who always had a positive attitude. She was always first in line to volunteer for any duty and was well respected by all on the unit. She will be missed greatly.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had thirty-seven employees who have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.