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The Margin: Texas teacher’s heartwarming video has been viewed 24 million times — she just died at age 35 from COVID-19

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Two years ago, this video of classmates hugging each other before a weekend break struck a chord and went completely viral. At last check, the feelgood clip had racked up some 24 million views:

The woman who posted it in November 2018, Zelene Blancas, was a teacher in El Paso, Texas, where she was much loved by her school as well as by the broader community, according to the New York Times. She died last week of complications from COVID-19. She was 35 years old.

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