Son’s grief, guilt become tribute honoring COVID-19 victims

  • Blanca Lopez cries next to a portrait of her late mother, Eugenia Lopez, during Queens COVID Remembrance Day at Forest Park May 1 in the Queens borough of New York. The event was organized to help grieving families memorialize borough residents who have died from the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

  • Brian Walter takes a photograph of his late father's gravestone at the All Faiths Cemetery in the Queens borough of New York on April 11. John Walter died from the coronavirus on May 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski)

NEW YORK — Though Brian Walter knows he tried to protect his parents from the coronavirus, doubts torment him.