After two days Irma Garciafourth grade teacher at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas Her husband, Joe Garcia, was killed in a school shooting, died of a heart attack.
Garcia’s nephew John Martinez announced the news on twitter on Thursday, adding that his uncle had died “sadly”.
Martinez tweeted, “It is with the utmost heartache and deep sadness to say that Joe Garcia, the husband of my Tia Irma, has passed away.” “I’m really at a loss for words about how we all are feeling, please pray for our family, God have mercy on us, it’s not easy.”
According to The New York Times, Garcia, 50, brought flowers to his wife’s memorial on Thursday morning. Martínez told the newspaper that Garcia “fallen substantially” after returning home. (There is some medical basis for the idea that extreme emotional distress can have deleterious effects.)
Martinez described her aunt and uncle as “high school sweethearts” along with four “pretty kids”.
“My Tia Irma and Joe Garcia were high school sweethearts and left behind 4 beautiful kids who are 23, 19, 15 and the youngest is only 13,” Martinez wrote on Twitter. “No child should go through this, my heart breaks for them.”
Martinez told People that the couple had been married for 24 years.
Irma Garcia died while attempting to save her fourth graders from an 18-year-old gunman who had set her classroom on fire. He was killed along with his teaching partner, Eva Miralles, and 19 students. Martinez called her aunt a hero.
In a note to students on her school profile, Irma Garcia said she “loves BBQing with my husband, listening to music, and country cruises to Concun.”
They also celebrated their children’s achievements:
My eldest son Christian is completing Marine Boot Camp and second son Jose is attending Texas State University. My eldest daughter Liliana will be a student in high school and my youngest, Alysandra, will be a 7th grade student this year.
The Garcia family did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
Martinez, a Texas State University student, posted a link to a GoFundMe campaign founded by Irma Garcia’s cousin Debra Austin to help with various expenses. He also set up a GoFundMe campaign of his own dedicated to the cost of funerals and the needs of the family.
Tuesday’s mass murder was the second deadliest school shooting in US history.