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Michael Westbrook

The Coronavirus crisis hit close to home on Thursday when Michael Westbrook, the band director of the Hardin-Jefferson School High School in Sour Lake, died after being diagnosed with the illness.

Westbrook was the brother of Jasper High School Baseball coach Stephen Westbrook. He was the first person to succumb to the Coronavirus, here in Southeast Texas.

Westbrook was hospitalized last week in Beaumont and after having tested positive for the virus.

Broadcast journalist & on-air personality - Rayburn Broadcasting Company - KJAS 107.3 FM in Jasper, TX and KFAH 99.1 FM in Pineland, TX