Tragedy befell a member of Congress this week as Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (D-IL) revealed that his adult adopted daughter had passed away, TheBlaze reported.
The Democratic congressman from Chicago, Illinois shared the terrible news on Tuesday but did not disclose any additional information about how or why she had died.
"Last night our beloved daughter, Rosa, passed away at the age of 28. Our family is completely heartbroken," Rep. Garcia said in a statement Tuesday morning.
"Rosa joined our family as a young girl who had been in the foster care system. We did our best to provide a stable, loving, and welcoming home for her," he added. "Our family asks for privacy and welcomes your thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time."
A statement from Congressman Jesús "Chuy" García pic.twitter.com/BxcqJ1POEZ
— Congressman Chuy García (@RepChuyGarcia) April 4, 2023
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, no cause of death for Garcia's daughter was announced, nor were any plans for funeral arrangements revealed.
The outlet noted that the prominent Hispanic congressman also released his statement in Spanish for his fellow Hispanic constituents who don't speak English.
The Sun-Times noted that Rep. Garcia's top competitors in the recent mayoral race, Johnson and Vallas, both issued statements of condolences upon learning of the news of Rosa's death.
Likewise, TheBlaze shared several messages of thoughtful prayers and consolation for his grievous loss from Garcia's fellow Democratic colleagues in Congress.
The Sun-Times further reported that the announcement of the tragic news of the death of Rep. Garcia's daughter coincided with Chicago's mayoral runoff election on Tuesday -- a race in which Garcia had initially been a candidate.
Per Politico, Garcia had finished fourth in the running with more than 77,000 votes, or around 13.7 percent of all ballots cast, in the Feb. 28 general mayoral election, coming in behind incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot in third place, activist and union organizer Brandon Johnson in second, and former Chicago public schools CEO Paul Vallas in first.
Vallas and Johnson then moved on to the April 4 runoff election while all others were eliminated, and Johnson ultimately prevailed over Vallas, 51.4-48.6 percent.
That was actually Garcia's second unsuccessful bid to be the mayor of Chicago, as he had challenged then-incumbent Mayor Rahm Emmanuel in 2015 but fell short of upending his re-election bid in an April runoff race, 56.2-43.8 percent, per his Ballotpedia page.
Garcia then ran for Congress and won in 2018 by a wide margin and has since been twice re-elected by equally substantial margins of victory in 2020 and 2022.