Cop's 21-Year-Old Son Is Youngest Coronavirus Patient To Die In Colorado

Sandy Malone

Cody Lyster, 21, died of coronavirus on Wednesday, but his parents who also had it have recovered.

Aurora, CO – The 21-year-old son of police officer is the youngest victim to die of coronavirus so far in Colorado.

Cody Lyster, a baseball player at Colorado Mesa University (CMU) in Grand Junction, succumbed to COVID-19 on Wednesday, according to KDVR.

Both of Lyster’s parents also tested positive for coronavirus, but they have since recovered.

Kevin Lyster, Cody’s father, is a University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus police officer, KDVR reported.

Cody was working on his degree in criminal justice, according to a letter to the campus community from CMU President Tim Foster.

Officer Lyster said he had been looking forward to his son following in his professional footsteps and joining a police department after graduation, KDVR reported.

"One thing I looked forward to is, there’s a ceremony when you join a police department, and it’s called the pinning of the badge,” the sad father said. “This disease, this virus is horrible and it took my son.”

He was referring to a new police officer’s swearing in ceremony, when Cody’s father would have pinned his son’s badge to his uniform for the first time.

Officer Lyster said his son was the last person you would have expected to die from a flu-like virus.

"Cody's a strong individual. He's an athlete, he's a baseball player," Officer Lyster told KDVR. "This virus doesn't discriminate."

Sierra Lyster, Cody’s sister, called her brother a "fighter."

"He's always been there for me. He was my best friend," she said.

The university president’s letter said that Cody was the first CMU student to die from coronavirus and that he had not contracted the virus on campus, KDVR reported.

“The professors, friends and teammates of Cody Lyster will miss him dearly,” Foster wrote. “It is a sober reminder that we must do all that is in our power to stop the virus from unnecessarily impacting more Mavericks. Each time we make the sacrifice of social distance, or carry the burden of an everyday life that is changed, let us replace the statistics and headlines with the memory of Cody.”

“In this way we are reminded that momentary choices to contribute are not inconveniences, but are contributions to limiting grief, loss and hardship for friends, family and fellow Mavericks,” he continued. “The fact that Cody did not contract the virus on campus is a painful reminder that even as students remain at home, and engage remote learning, that certain risks remain for all people of all ages.”

“The loss of Cody to COVID-19 is CMU’s first,” Foster confirmed. “His passing may not be the only grief we share together during the pandemic. Let us each take a moment today to reflect in our own way about how we can, as a campus community, work together with a common goal. Let’s renew our individual commitments to uniting against a common threat to life that we face together at this time.”

Comments (13)
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TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Sending my deepest condolences for the loss of your great son Cody. He sounded like such a great son and I know how he must of wanted to be just like his Father. I will keep your family in my prayers. Cody's life was a blessing for every one of his 21 yrs. He will never be forgotten 🙏🏼💙🇺🇸

widbill45acp
widbill45acp

Praying for the family who has to endure such an unexpected loss.

GIJOE62
GIJOE62

So sorry to hear of the loss of your son Cody. We are sending our heart felt condolences to you and your family. I know his loss will be felt for years to come but trust in God to help you through the rough road to come. I know he touched a lot of lives while on this earth. We will hold you up in our prayers during this time of sorrow. 🇺🇸💙

bryantrent
bryantrent

So sorry

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

They keep pounding with these headlines. It's already common knowledge people are dying from other causes and are being 'labeled' COVID-19 which btw isn't even a cause of death. Still have people in the propaganda induced coma. RIP young man, you died from something.

Luscious775
Luscious775

So very sad! He looks like he would have been a great cop, prayers

Rayb
Rayb

How horrible....

CinHadad
CinHadad

So sad. Deepest sympathies to his family & friends.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

God Speed Cody! Condolences to the family and friends!

We9erfam
We9erfam

RIP Codey my deepest condolences to all in this time of need

MamaD79
MamaD79

There are just no words. RIP Cody, fly with the Angels now. I pray for comfort and peace for your family and all who knew you. God Bless


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