Casey McVea, 49, Raymond Laborde Correctional Center, LA

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This post is in collaboration with Mourning Our Losses; Photograph of Casey obtained from Dr. Chip McVea’s Facebook profile.

God bless anyone in the medical profession, especially those who work with prisoners behind the walls. Jesus said: “Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matt. 25:40)

Being in prison is already hard, but working with those outcast by society, with a pure heart, by seeing their humanity and extending a helping hand is the definition of a true servant of God. I did not personally know Dr. McVea, but as a prisoner I truly appreciate all those in the medical profession who put their life at risk everyday to help those in need. This incredible man worked in the prison as a medical director until his life was over unexpectedly because of the coronavirus. He did not abandon his flock, nor did he cower away in fear. Through faith he took up his cross and did what Jesus would have done. He suffered with those who suffered. He loved the unlovable. He touched the untouchable. So in this troublesome world, he fearlessly led a life of service and stayed true to the professional medical oath he stood on. His life speaks volumes and must be celebrated and remembered as a continuous living testimony of what it means to usher in the kingdom of God. He lived a life of love and I know his dedication to his patients, friends, and family will not be forgotten. His work during this global epidemic is not in vain. Dr. McVea is living proof that love is still real and we have the power within us all to be a champion for those society has judged harshly for their sins. By working in the prison system he chose to work for a group of people that goes unnoticed by society. The condemned, the vulnerable, those atoning for their misdeeds. May he rest in peace knowing that greater is his reward in heaven.

Photograph of Casey, obtained from Crain Funeral Home.

This memorial was written by MOL team member Tiara Smith with information from an obituary published by Crain Funeral Home and reporting by Lea Skene of The Advocate. Transcribed by Ivana Bozic.

 
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