Two days after 19 students and 2 teachers were killed in a horrific shooting incident at a school in the United States' Texas, the husband of one of the educators passed away due to a heart attack on Thursday, 26 May, as per reports.
Joe Garcia lost his 46-year-old wife Irma Garcia on Tuesday, 24 May. A member of the family said that Joe died "due to grief."
"EXTREMELY heartbreaking and come with deep sorrow (sic) 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," a nephew of the couple wrote on Twitter.
The Garcias are survived by four children – two boys and two girls – whose ages are between 12 and 23 years.
An armed 18-year-old attacked the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, before noon on Tuesday, in an incident that led to public outrage. Law enforcement authorities subsequently killed the assailant, identified as Salvador Ramos.
Irma Garcia Had Been Teaching at the School for 23 Years
Irma Garcia had been teaching at the same school for 23 years, and had been nominated as a teacher of the year by her school district in 2019.
"I love to BBQ with my husband, listen to music, and take country cruises to Concan," Garcia had written in her description on the Robb Elementary school website.
Eva Mireles, the other teacher who was killed in the shooting, was trained in bilingual and special education. She taught fourth-grade students in the Uvalde school district for 17 years, and had been co-teaching with Garcia for five years.