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Georgina Barajas Rios, center, grieves for her mother, Maria Ruiz Olmedo, 71, on the floor at left, who died after exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. Mexican Red Cross paramedic Sergio Garcia is at right.
(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

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Marcus Yam joined the Los Angeles Times photography staff in September 2014. He was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and moved to the U.S. to study aerospace engineering. He stumbled into photography by accident, as a way to earn English credits through working for his college newspaper. Since then, he has covered a wide range of topics including social issues, migration, investigations, political campaigns, wildfires, natural disasters, mass shootings, foreign conflicts and even dabbled in conceptual photography, documentary filmmaking and celebrity portraiture.
Ruben Vives is a general assignment reporter for the Los Angeles Times. A native of Guatemala, he got his start in journalism by writing for The Times’ Homicide Report in 2007. He helped uncover the financial corruption in the city of Bell that led to criminal charges against eight city officials. The 2010 investigative series won the Pulitzer Prize for public service and other prestigious awards.