Devoted Husband Of Slain Teacher Passes

Joe and Irma Garcia

Husband of teacher killed in Texas school shooting dies of heart attack – The Guardian US

Fourth-grade teacher Irma Garcia chose a few short lines on her school biography page, highlighting what she loved most: her husband, her four children, and teaching.

“I love to BBQ with my husband,” she wrote on the Robb Elementary School website, among other details about her family, including the accomplishments of her two sons and two daughters.

Garcia was one of 21 people killed Tuesday by the 18-year-old gunman who walked into the Uvalde, Texas, a school with a rifle, and began shooting. Nineteen children and Garcia’s co-teacher, Eva Mireles, were also killed.

Two days after Garcia’s death, her husband, Joe, suffered a fatal heart attack, the Archdiocese of San Antonio said. The pair’s family says he died of a broken heart.

“Joe and Irma Garcia were parishioners of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde, and Irma was a leader in a woman’s ministry there,” Jordan McMorrough, a spokesperson for the archdiocese, told CNN on Thursday evening.

The archbishop met with Joe Garcia on Wednesday afternoon, McMorrough said.

Irma and Joe Garcia are seen in an image taken from a GoFundMe campaign.

GoFundMe campaign posted by Irma Garcia’s cousin said Joe Garcia died Thursday morning “of a medical emergency.

“Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers,” the GoFundMe post said. “I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart and losing the love of his life of more than 25 years was too much to bear.”

Irma Garcia’s nephew wrote about the death of his aunt’s husband on Twitter.

“Lord God, please on our family, my tias husband passed away this morning due to a heart attack at home. He’s with his wife now; these two will make anyone feel loved no matter what. They have the purest hearts ever. I love you, my tia and tio; please be with me every step of the way,” the tweet said.

A separate GoFundMe set up by John Martinez, a nephew of Irma, described the two as “high school sweethearts” who were “loved by many.”

“The money will be used for any expenses needed for their children’s future education and the family needs,” the campaign said.

The GoFundMe post, initially set up after Irma Garcia’s death and later updated, called the teacher “sweet, kind, loving” and added she died protecting her students.

“She sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom. She was a hero,” that campaign said.

According to her school biography page, Irma Garcia had been a teacher for at least 23 years. It was her fifth year co-teaching with Mireles, according to the website.

For more on this story, consider these sources:

  1. Husband of teacher killed in Texas school shooting dies of heart attack  The Guardian US
  2. Husband of teacher slain in Uvalde shooting suffers fatal heart attack: Reports  Fox News
  3. ‘You’re never prepared for what you just saw.’ Uvalde County Coroner had to ID friend among massacre  KHOU 11
  4. Husband of slain Uvalde school teacher dies of heart attack ‘due to grief’ two days after shooting  Chron
  5. ‘Joe died of a broken heart’: Husband of beloved teacher killed in Texas shooting dies two days later  CNN
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