Irma Garcia was one of the two faculty members who were murdered at the mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday. Two days after her death, her husband Joe Garcia, who was her high school sweetheart, reportedly died from a heart attack. Although the family members called his cause of death, a “medical emergency.”
According to the Guardian, the mass shooting took the life of 19 students and two teachers on campus. One of the faculty members was Irma, who was shot and killed while sheltering children in her classroom. A cousin of Irma confirmed on the GoFundMe page that her 46-year-old husband Joe has also passed away.
The couple were together for 30 years since high school. They married and had four children together. The details were put out by her cousin Debra Austin on the page. Before Joe’s heart attack, the Houston news station KHOU-TV reported that journalists had recorded him dropping flowers at a cross with his wife’s name on it.
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Austin wrote, “I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart and losing the love of his life…was too much to bear,” the cousin wrote. The couple’s nephew John Martinez tweeted, “My Tia Irma and Joe Garcia were high school sweethearts and leave behind 4 beautiful children, their ages being 23, 19, 15 and the young only being 13 years old, no child should have to go through this, my heart breaks for them.”
Irma taught the fourth-grade students at the elementary school. She had worked there for 23 years. According to the school’s website, she wrote that she and Joe enjoyed barbecuing, listening to music and vacationing in the nearby community of Concan.
Making a public statement about the shooting, the Vice-President of the United States Kamala Harris said, “Our heart keeps getting broken. We have to have the courage to take action.” The mass shooting was allegedly carried out by an 18-year-old boy. It is considered the worst shooting at an elementary school since the shooting at Sandy Hook in Connecticut in 2012, which claimed the lives of 20 children and six staff.
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