Jacqueline “Jackie” Byrd (left) and her son Jordan Byrd (right) both died from COVID-19 within weeks of each other this summer.

Two dedicated public school employees lost their fight against COVID-19 within weeks of each other this summer.

Jacqueline “Jackie” Byrd, 55, died on August 10. Her son, Jordan Byrd, 19, died several weeks earlier, on July 18.

Jackie had been employed for years at the Fort Braden School, and Jordan was working there this summer while attending Tallahassee Community College. He was a straight-A student according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

WCTV interviewed friends and family following Jordan’s death, including Jackie’s surviving son and Jordan’s brother, Jacary.

Her surviving son, Jacary Byrd, paid tribute to his late brother, Jordan Byrd, and his mom in a post on Facebook.

“To my heart I will definitely miss you‼️” he wrote. “You and Jordan Byrd have both left me. I know that you both are having a good time in the Lord. Mommy I will definitely miss you.”


Jordan Byrd went to CRMC on July 5 with increasing shortness of breath, fever, body aches and a cough. He tested positive for the coronavirus that day and the following day. Investigative reports note that he had recently traveled to Tampa.

Bradwell went to the Capital Regional Emergency Room on July 8 with a cough and fever up to 104 degrees, according to Medical Examiner reports.

Three Fort Braden School community members have died from COVID-19 as of August 11, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. Karen Bradwell, 53, also died after contracting COVID-19.

Fort Braden School is a Prek-8 school in Tallahassee and is part of the Leon County School District. Like all Leon County schools, Ft. Braden is expected to reopen for students on August 31.