The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a terrible toll on our Santa Barbara County communities ― as of this writing, 166 of our neighbors are dead. In a new series, the Independent is putting names and faces to this growing number with the purpose of conveying the human toll of the coronavirus. We feel it is important to recognize and remember these individuals as people, not just statistics. To share the story of a lost friend or loved one, please contact Senior Editor Tyler Hayden at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.