Husband of a Texas school shooting victim dies of a 'broken heart' just days later

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Photo credit: @fuhknjo (John Martinez) - Twitter
Photo credit: @fuhknjo (John Martinez) - Twitter

Last week the world was shaken by the very sad news that 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School, Uvalde, Texas, had been horrifically murdered by a teenage shooter, Salvador Ramos. One of the victims named early on was teacher Irma Garcia, who had worked at the school for 23 years – she left behind four children and a husband, Joe, to whom she'd been married for over two decades.

Heartbreakingly, the Garcia family have now shared that just hours after he was seen laying flowers in tribute to his wife at a memorial, that Joe has passed away from what has been described as 'grief', or a 'broken heart'.

Tweeting about the loss of his uncle, John Martinez, a Garcia family member wrote: "EXTREMELY heartbreaking and come with deep sorrow to say that my Tia Irma’s husband Joe Garcia has passed away due to grief, i truly am at a loss for words for how we are all feeling, PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR FAMILY, God have mercy on us, this isn’t easy."

The New York Times reports that Martinez said of his uncle's passing that he returned home on Thursday, after placing the flowers, and "pretty much just fell over". He added that when the authorities went into Irma's classroom following the attack, they found "her body there, embracing children in her arms pretty much until her last breath".

Irma's cousin, Debra Austin, who started a Go Fund Me page in the couple's memory (and to help the Garcia family with various expenses), said that she believes Joe died from a 'broken heart' following the sudden loss of his wife.

"Irma was a wife, a mother of 4, a cousin, a sister a daughter, an aunt and a wonderful person. She would literally do anything for anybody... no questions asked," she wrote on the Go Fund Me page. "She loved her classroom kids and died trying to protect them. Please donate anything you can to help her family. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Garcia family for various expenses. Thank you and God bless.

"I am equally devasted [sic] to report Irma's husband Joe has tragically passed away this morning (5/26/2022) as a result of a medical emergency. Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers. 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."

Our thoughts are with all of those who knew and loved Joe and Irma Garcia.

You can donate to the family's Go Fund Me page here

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