Matthew Walker, Santa Rosa 23-Year-Old, Dies From H1N1 Flu Virus

Saturday, January 11, 2014
By Paul Martin

He is the youngest victim so far in the Bay Area to die from the flu

By Jodi Hernandez
NBCBayArea.com
Saturday, Jan 11, 2014

He was young, active and healthy, but that was no match for this year’s deadly flu virus.

Matthew Walker, 23, is one of the latest victims to die from the flu, specifically the H1N1 virus commonly known as swine flu.

The death of the young man from Santa Rosa this week is catching the attention of a lot of people.

Walker’s friends and family are devastated.

“I can’t believe something like this could happen to someone so young,” said 21-year-old Tanner Petersen, Walker’s friend and co-worker.

Petersen said he can’t believe his friend is gone. Just three weeks ago, Walker was working beside him in the produce department of G and G Supermarket in Santa Rosa before coming down with a fatal case of the flu.

“He’d been coughing for awhile, but it didn’t seem like anything, just a normal cough,” Petersen said. “Just this quickly, like boom, he goes from being completely fine to where we’re at right now.”

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