Husband Of Teacher Killed In School Shooting Dies ‘Of Grief’
The husband of one of the teachers killed in Tuesday’s mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, reportedly died two days later of a heart attack.
Joe Garcia was the husband of Irma Garcia, who taught at Robb Elementary School for 23 years.
Mrs Garcia was one of two teachers killed by a gunman who also killed 19 children.
The couple’s four children survive them after they were married for 24 years.
Mrs Garcia’s nephew, John Martinez, stated on Twitter that Mr Garcia “passed away due to grief” in the aftermath of his wife’s murder.
According to a local Fox affiliate, Mr Garcia died of a fatal heart attack.
The Garcias leave behind four children, two boys and two girls ranging in age from 12 to 23.
Mr Martinez told the New York Times that Mrs Garcia was found by officers “embracing children in her arms pretty much until her last breath” after the deadly shooting in Uvalde.
“She sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom,” he wrote on a fundraising page. “She was a hero”.
Mrs Garcia and the other teacher killed in the shooting, Eva Mireles, had been teaching together for five years and had combined experience of more than 40 years.
Mr Garcia’s death comes amid growing calls for gun control in the United States.
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Earlier in the day, activists joined lawmakers at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, to demand that more gun control measures be implemented.
“This is a choice. This is not inevitable. This is not unchangeable,” said Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut.
“We’re the only country in the world in which our kids go to school wondering whether they will survive the day,” he added.