On Tuesday, we learned of the heartbreaking news of the school shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 students and two teachers dead.
The news was absolutely gut-wrenching, and to make matters even more sad, the husband of Irma Garcia, one of the teachers who died while protecting the kids, passed away of a heart attackonly a couple days after the shooting.
I can’t imagine the sadness and confusion he was dealing with, having no idea that when his wife left for school on Tuesday, it would be the last time he would see her on this Earth. The couple also have four children.
With that being said, video footage has circulated of Garcia’s husband, Joe, placing flowers on a cross with his wife’s name on it only a few hours before he passed away.
You can see the sadness and grief on his face.
This is Joe Garcia. Today, journalists recorded him placing flowers at a cross that had his wife’s name on it. His wife, Irma, was a teacher who was killed in the Uvalde, Texas massacre. Not long after placing flowers, Joe died of a heart attack. pic.twitter.com/6nrRNHdqvs
His nephew, John Martinez, posted this message shortly after Joe’s passing:
“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.”
Absolutely tragic news, and our hearts and prayers go out to the Garcia family, and the entire Uvalde community.
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.
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 pic.twitter.com/GlUSOutRVV