Lives Lost: Purveyor of tacos, joy well loved in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — Tomas Lopez didn’t make the food he sold from his family’s bright green taco truck, but it was his face the customers knew. Lopez sat at a table beside the truck in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. He would count change from a fat roll of bills as he greeted his customers _ Amazon employees, yellow-vested construction workers and the occasional journalist _ with an ardent joy. Lopez, 44, died of COVID-19 on April 2. The customers may have known him only casually, but nevertheless considered lunch at the truck and a quick conversation with Lopez a bright spot in their day.