Husband of teacher slain in Texas massacre dies ‘due to grief’

Agence France-Presse

Posted at May 27 2022 04:21 AM

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The husband of a heroic fourth grade teacher who was killed protecting her students during a massacre at a Texas elementary school has also died, members of the teacher's family said Thursday.

A GoFundMe page set up by Debra Austin, who said she was the cousin of teacher Irma Garcia, said that Irma's husband Joe "has tragically passed away this morning(5/26/2022) as a result of a medical emergency."

"I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart and losing the love of his life of more than 30 years was too much to bear," she added.

John Martinez, who identified himself as 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."

A man kneels by a memorial of flowers at the scene of a mass shooting at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 25, 2022. Tannen Maury, EPA-EFE
A man kneels by a memorial of flowers at the scene of a mass shooting at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 25, 2022. Tannen Maury, EPA-EFE

Ernie Zuniga, a news anchor for local station KABB FOX San Antonio, tweeted that Garcia had died from a heart attack.

The couple, who were married for 24 years, according to the website of the Robb Elementary school, leave behind four children.

Both Irma Garcia and her co-teacher Eva Mireles, who had connected classrooms, died in the mass shooting.

The shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, was inside the building for about 40 minutes before police entered and fatally shot him.