LOS ANGELES - As the number of coronavirus cases worldwide has topped 3 million, we think of the Angelenos who have lost loved ones from their homeland.
Medi Em spent his childhood in Iran but got his Masters degree in architecture in the United States.
Medi says his eldest brother Parvis Mokhtari was his inspiration. Mokhtari was the first in the family to go to college and became a teacher in Iran.
Sadly, the 79-year-old is among the victims of COVID-19. Not only did he die from the virus, Medi says Mokhtari’s adult children also have tested positive.
Medi has remained in Los Angeles mourning the loss of his brother. His thoughts are of that of his mother who he says is healthy and safe.
Medi, who is also a musician, is married to one of L.A.’s top fashion models Dustin Quick.
Quik encouraged Medi to share the devastating news on Facebook as they share so many of their good times. The couple says their Facebook friends have been a great source of comfort.
Los Angeles is home to a large Persian community. Southern California has the largest Iranian population outside of Iran.