On Tuesday, we all learned of the horrific school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. 18-year-old Salvador Ramos walked into the school armed with an AR-15 rifle and took the life of 19 elementary school students and two teachers.
The situation is heartbreaking, confusing, and incredibly sickening and frustrating, making us all wonder what kind of depraved world we live in where a man can walk into an elementary school, and kill innocent children and teachers.
Just an unthinkable tragedy that most of the country is still struggling to even comprehend.
One of the teachers who passed away was 48-year-old teacher Irma Garcia, who died while protecting the children in the classroom. She left behind a husband and four children.
Now, as the families, as well as the community, struggle to pick up the pieces, overwhelmed by unimaginable grief, The Dallas Morning News reports that Garcia’s husband of 24 years, Joe, has reportedly died of a heart attack just two days after the death of his wife.
Garcia’s nephew, John Martinez, posted on Twitter, saying he passed away due to the grief of losing his wife:
“EXTREMELY heartbreaking and come with deep sorrow to say that my Tia Irma’s husband Joe Garcia 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.”
Absolutely tragic news, and our hearts and prayers go out to the Garcia family.
In 2019, Garcia was named a finalist for the Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching, an award bestowed upon exceptional teachers in the San Antonio area by Trinity University.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help those in the family as well.
i’m already being asked if there’s a gofund me and yes there is, Irma’s cousin set this up, even just a retweet would help https://t.co/9eSn3AaVfU