Family of resident at Holyoke Soldiers’ Home calls charges ‘devastating news’

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said right before she addressed the media at her news conference, she had an emotional phone call with families who lost loved ones during the COVID-19 outbreak at the Soldiers’ Home at Holyoke.

Seventy-six veterans lost their lives after contracting COVID 19 in one of the worst outbreaks in the country.

22News spoke with Betsy Mackay Krupi, whose 100-year old father John Mackay is a resident at the Soldiers’ Home. Betsy said her dad contracted the virus and recovered. She said today’s charges were very emotional to learn about.

“It’s just more devastating news coming out of the Soldiers’ Home,” said Krupi. “Every time something comes out, it’s raw. I’m filled with mixed emotions. It hits you very hard. We are blessed that my father has the strength that he has. I will be so grateful to see him tomorrow.”

Statement from Family Members, on behalf of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Coalition:

“We were briefed on today’s charges and will closely follow the progress of the proceedings in court.

This is another event that brings up some very difficult memories for all of us, and today’s announcement causes each of us to pause and reflect on what happened to our loved ones.

We now want our state to move forward and do the right thing to ensure this never happens again to any other Veteran.

Our Veterans and senior citizens deserve the greatest respect and should always receive care with the greatest honor and dignity as is the mission of our state for the Soldiers’ Home. We now hope that justice will prevail and that the state builds a new Home in Holyoke as a lasting memorial to all those who have died. We will remain active in our community in ensuring all current and future Veterans get the best care they have earned.”

The 22News I-Team is continuing to look into the situation, so if you have a tip, email it to ITeam@wwlp.com

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