Houston area musician and educator dies from COVID-19

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Jimmy Ramos was just 5 years old when he started playing the trumpet.

"When he would get on that trumpet, it was just smoking out," said Rosanna Ramos-Tenorio, Jimmy's sister.

His love for music took him from just being a musician to a Tejano DJ.

"The network that he worked with was called BNet Radio, that was where he spent most of his time," said Joshua Ramos, Jimmy's brother.

Jimmy was the oldest of four.

"He was always protecting us. He was a protector," said Rosanna.

He also had a passion for education, serving as a principal of a Catholic school and recently as a teacher for Catapult Learning.

"With education, it fit his value to always be expanding the mind, always reading, always learning," said Joshua.

Jimmy had type two diabetes, and the week of Easter, he tested positive for the coronavirus. The next week, he died.

His siblings said he's still playing the trumpet from up above and still protecting them below.

"I know even in the darkness, there's hope. We can get through this. That's what Jimmy would be doing right now, praying for us," said Rosanna.

Jimmy was also a veteran who served our country.

Catapult Learning sent ABC13 the following statement:

"Jimmy was a bilingual instructor for Catapult Learning in our Houston public school program teaching Reading. He was a caring, passionate educator with a wealth of knowledge and a great sense of humor. We first met Jimmy when he was a Principal in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston - he was a Catapult Learning partner. He later came to work for Catapult so he could continue to make an impact in the lives of children. We are so grateful that he did. Jimmy was up for any challenge, always had a smile on his face, and went above and beyond to ensure a brighter future for his students. Jimmy will be sincerely missed by all those whose lives he impacted. We keep his family, friends and co-workers in our thoughts."

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