Two days after Irma Garcia, a fourth-grade trainer at Robb Elementary Faculty in Uvalde, Texas, was killed in a faculty capturing, her husband, Joe Garcia, died from a coronary heart assault.
Garcia’s nephew, John Martinez, introduced the information on Twitter Thursday, saying his uncle’s dying was triggered by “grief.”
“EXTREMELY heartbreaking and include deep sorrow to say that my Tia Irma’s husband Joe Garcia has handed away attributable to grief,” Martinez tweeted. “I actually am confused for a way we’re all feeling, PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR FAMILY, God have mercy on us, this isn’t straightforward.”
In response to The New York Times, Garcia, 50, introduced flowers to his spouse’s memorial on Thursday morning. Martinez advised the paper that Garcia “just about simply fell over” after returning residence. (There may be some medical basis for the concept that excessive emotional misery can have deadly results.)
Martinez described his aunt and uncle as “highschool sweethearts” with 4 “lovely youngsters.”
“My Tia Irma and Joe garcia have been highschool sweethearts and depart behind 4 lovely youngsters, their ages being 23, 19, 15 and the youngest solely being 13 years previous,” Martinez wrote on Twitter. “No baby ought to need to undergo this, my coronary heart breaks for them.”
Martinez advised People the couple have been married for twenty-four years.
Irma Garcia died whereas trying to shield her fourth-grade students from the 18-year-old gunman who opened hearth in her classroom. She was killed together with her educating accomplice, Eva Mireles, and 19 college students. Martinez described his aunt as a hero.
In a be aware to college students on her faculty profile, Irma Garcia mentioned that she liked to “BBQ with my husband, hearken to music, and take nation cruises to Concan.”
She additionally celebrated her youngsters’s accomplishments:
I’ve my eldest Cristian son finishing Marine boot camp and one other son Jose attending Texas State College. My eldest daughter Lyliana shall be a sophomore in highschool and my youngest Alysandra shall be a seventh grader this yr.
The Garcia household didn’t instantly reply to HuffPost’s request for remark.
Martinez, a scholar at Texas State College, posted a hyperlink to a GoFundMe campaign, arrange by Irma Garcia’s cousin Debra Austin, to help with numerous bills. He additionally arrange a GoFundMe campaign of his personal devoted to funeral prices and the household’s wants.
Tuesday’s mass killing was the second-deadliest faculty capturing in U.S. historical past.