Joe Garcia, the husband of Irma Garcia, the teacher who was killed in the Texas Robb Elementary School school mass-shooting, has died of a heart attack.
Irma Garcia had been a teacher at the school for 23 years and killed by a teenage gunman along with 20 other victims, among which 19 were children.
The couple was married for 24 years and had four children.
A fundraiser set up for the family following Mr Garcia’s death, had raised almost $1.6 million by Thursday.
Mr Garcia’s cousin, who set uo the GoFundMe page, stated:
“I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart.
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
— john martinez ❤️🔥 (@fuhknjo) May 26, 2022
The children of the Garcia family include two boys and two girls aged between 12 to 23.
John Martinez, the nephew of Mr Garcia, said of Irma on a fundraising page:
“She sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom. She was a hero”.
[Based on reporting by: BBC]