Caleb Wallace, the co-founder of the San Angelo Freedom Defenders and coordinator for the State of West Texas Minutemen has died of causes related to COVID-19, according to an update on gofundme by his wife, Jessica Wallace.
“Caleb passed away peacefully. He will live forever in our hearts and minds❤️ ”, reads the latest update of the campaign set up to help Wallace’s three children and his wife, a stay-at-home mom who is expecting a fourth child at the end of September. .
“This money is also going to Calebs’ medical bills as they start to arrive,” reads an update to the campaign description, “He has now been in hospital since July 30. and I know I have to prepare for it too, pray for the best and prepare for the worst.
While Wallace had become a semi-regular article in the local news thanks to his conservative activism, it was his battle with COVID-19 that gained national attention after his family’s struggle was featured in a published article. in the San Angelo Standard Times on Sunday August. 22, 2021.
His organization of the “Freedom Rally,” a protest against national and local mask demands in the summer of 2020, made him a figure of some prominence among those in the community who opposed. to mask warrants.
This opposition to coronavirus mitigation measures like mask warrants led Wallace to found the San Angelo Freedom Defenders with like-minded local Coco Simpson. Freedom advocates have held local rallies like the San Angelo Freedom Parade in July 2020 and the October 2020 rally to end the tyranny of COVID-19.
“It pacifies the loudest-speaking 1-2% and leaves the rest of us behind,” Simpson said in an interview about Gov. Greg Abbott’s July 2020 mask tenure, “If you want to wear a mask feel free to do it.I don’t choose to do it and I shouldn’t wear one because it makes you feel better.
Wallace allegedly believed that the vaccination warrants were also a violation of people’s constitutional rights. In an article published in the New York Times on Friday, August 27, 2020, Wallace’s father attested to his son’s stance against the vaccine and mask requirements, stating, “After observing all government efforts here he decided he wanted to do something about this “
“I can’t tell the difference if I have the freedom to breathe free air or breathe it behind… sucking air behind this thing,” Wallace said in an interview with local officials. during a COVID-19 update hosted by the City of San Angelo in November. 13, 2020.
“My health has nothing to do with you. As hard as it sounds, but our basic constitutional rights protect it. Nothing else, ”Wallace said.
“I’m sorry if this sounds brutal and I don’t care. I do care. I care more about freedom than your personal health.
Wallace’s most recent public action took the form of an open letter, published locally on April 10, 2021, to the San Angelo Independent School District calling on the school board to “immediately reverse ALL policies related to COVID!”