The spouse of a brave fourth-grade teacher who was slain protecting her students during a bloodbath at a Texas elementary school has died of an apparent cardiac assault.
A GoFundMe page created by Debra Austin, who called her Irma Garcia’s cousin, said Irma’s husband, Joe “died tragically this morning (05/26/2022) after a medical emergency.”
“I really think Joe died of a broken heart and lost the love of his life,” she said.
Garcia was one of 21 people killed on Tuesday by an 18-year-old armed man who entered the Uvalde, Texas, school with a gun and started firing.
Nineteen children and García’s co-teacher, Eva Mireles, were killed as well.
John Martinez, Garcia’s nephew also tweeted: “EXTREMELY heartbreaking and come with deep sorrow to say that my Tia (aunt) Irma’s husband Joe Garcia has passed away due to grief.”
The couple, who started their life innings 24 years ago, according to the website of the Robb Elementary school, left behind four children.
Irma García and her co-teacher Eva Mireles, who had connected classrooms, were killed in the mass firing.
The gunman, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was inside the building for approximately 40 minutes before the police came in and shot him to death.