‘He died of a broken heart’ Husband of hero Texas teacher Irma Garcia dies of a heart attack two days after she was shot and killed by a gunman while shielding kids from bullets.

A heart attack has claimed the life of the husband of one of the teachers killed in Tuesday’s school massacre.

On Tuesday, Irma Garcia, 46, was one of two teachers killed by the gunman in Uvalde, Texas.

Joe, her bereaved husband, died of a heart attack on Thursday.

According to the family’s GoFundMe website, he died ‘of a broken heart.’

Irma’s cousin Debra Austin stated, ‘I genuinely feel Joe died of a broken heart and losing the love of his life of more than 30 years was too much to handle.’

According to his Twitter account, the couple’s nephew died of ‘grief,’ according to his Twitter account.

‘Please keep our family in your prayers. ‘Please, God, take mercy on us,’ he prayed.

The couple had four children and had been married for 24 years. The ages of the children are unknown.

Joe Garcia, the husband of hero teacher Irma, died of a heart attack on Thursday
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Joe Garcia, hero teacher Irma’s husband, died of a heart attack on Thursday.

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Joe’s death was verified by the couple’s nephew on Twitter on Thursday.

According to survivors, Irma and fellow teacher Eva Mireles, 44, died defending students from the gunman’s bullets.

Garcia’s nephew John Martinez posted on Twitter, “She passed away with children in her arms attempting to protect them.”

‘They weren’t simply her students; they were also her children.’

On Wednesday, Mireles’ daughter told how her mother ‘jumped in front of students in a poignant homage on Wednesday.’

Irma Garcia, 46
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‘I’m not sure how I’ll manage without you, but I’ll look after Dad.’

Adalynn Ruiz posted on Facebook, “I will take care of our dogs, and I will eternally shout your name, so you are always remembered; Eva Mireles, a 4th-grade teacher at Robb Elementary, courageously leapt in front of her kids to save their lives.”

Garcia, a married mother of four, had previously been honoured ‘teacher of the year’ at Robb Elementary after teaching there for 23 years.

She was one of 19 contenders from the San Antonio area for Trinity University’s medal for teaching excellence in 2019.

Garcia was a third-grade teacher at the time, focusing on history studies and ELAR, or English Language Arts and Reading.

She posted on the school district’s website before the school year, ‘I am so happy to begin this new school year immediately!’

Ramos responded, “What do I have here?” according to the grandmother of one of the children who narrowly avoided the horrific shooting. the moment he walked into the classroom

‘What he said can’t get out of my granddaughter’s mind… she had to run out the window,’ Anita Alves told ITV.com.

Garcia had already been selected ‘teacher of the year’ at Robb Elementary after teaching there for 23 years.

Joe and Irma Garcia with one of their kids. The couple had four children and were married for 24 years
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One of Joe and Irma Garcia’s children. They were married for 24 years and had four children.

Irma and Joe had been married for 24 years and the couple had four kids
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Irma and Joe have four children and have been married for 24 years.

She was one of 19 contenders from the San Antonio area for Trinity University’s medal for teaching excellence in 2019.

Garcia was a third-grade teacher at the time, focusing on history studies and ELAR, or English Language Arts and Reading.

She posted on the school district’s website before the school year, ‘I am so happy to begin this new school year immediately!’

Their oldest son is in military boot camp, while her second son is a student at Texas State University. She also has two younger children.

Garcia’s husband and son can be seen carrying a heart-shaped sign that reads “Proud Bobcat family” in a Facebook post, a homage to Texas State’s football team.

According to a profile on the school’s website, Mireles was trained in bilingual and special education, enjoyed outdoor activities such as running and hiking, and treasured her husband, daughter, and ‘three furry pals.’

Her husband, Ruben Ruiz, works for the school district’s police department, investigating the slaughter.

Irma Garcia, 46, and Eva Mireles, 44, were shot dead alongside 19 students at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Tuesday, May 24 in the latest mass shooting to rock the U.S.
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On Tuesday, May 24, Irma Garcia, 46, and Eva Mireles, 44, were shot and killed, and 19 other kids at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde in the latest mass shooting in the United States.

Mireles' (left) husband, Ruben Ruiz, is a police officer on the school district's police force, the agency investigating the massacre
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Ruben Ruiz, Mireles’ (left) husband, works for the school district’s police force investigating the atrocity.

Mireles’ daughter posted on social media about her mother asking her to take a photo for the school’s website.

‘I remember my mother forcing me to take a picture of her, and she had me take about 50 before she found one she liked; she wanted it to be perfect because she had to put it on the school website for her pupils to see; my mother had a soft spot in her heart for her children. Adalynn Ruiz wrote, “Remember this hero.”

Lydia Martinez Delgado, Mireles’ aunt, expressed her sorrow for her niece on Facebook, asking for prayers for her family and the entire municipality of Uvalde.

‘I’m enraged that these shootings are still going on.’ These kids are entirely innocent. Rifles should not be freely accessible to the general public. This is my hometown, a little town with less than 20,000 people. In a statement, she added, “I never dreamed this would happen to loved ones.”

‘All we can do is pray fervently for our country, state, schools, and, most importantly, for all of our families.’

According to US Census data, Uvalde, roughly 80 miles west of San Antonio, has about 16,000 residents, with nearly 80% of them being Hispanic or Latino.

When the shooting occurred on Tuesday, there were only two days left in the school year.

Uvalde has closed all of its schools for the rest of the year and arranged grieving therapy for survivors.

Since the tragedy, the 27th shooting at a K-12 school in the United States this year, terrifying details have gradually emerged.

According to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, before going to Robb Elementary School, the killer shot his 66-year-old grandmother in the face.

Ramos used social media to announce his plan to attack his grandma, who, although severely hurt, was able to call the cops.

He then messaged again, stating that his next target would be a school, which he would attack while wearing body armour and holding an AR-15 rifle.

When asked about how the youngster obtained the murder weapon, Abbott consistently dismissed calls for tighter gun rules in Texas.

When the gunman arrived on campus on Tuesday, there was no armed guard on duty, allowing him to pass ‘unobstructed’ through an unlocked door and into the building where he massacred 21 people, according to Texas cops.

Victor Escalon, the Regional Director for the Department of Public Safety South Texas, stated Salvador Ramos strolled through an unlocked door ‘free’ and that no guard was readily available at a news conference on Thursday afternoon.

According to early claims, he did not fire a school resource officer.

Ramos arrived at the school around 11:40 a.m., 12 minutes after crashing his truck outside and heading toward campus with his AR-15. The police were called to the site at that point.

The first cops arrived at the school at 11:44 a.m. Ramos fired a shot at them, causing them to flee.

It’s unknown whether he had already shot the students and instructors in the fourth-grade classroom at that point or if he attacked them after the cops fled.

The arrival of elite SWAT units took an hour. After Ramos was shot and killed at 1.06 p.m., the crisis was declared over.

Meanwhile, 150 officers were forming a line outside. According to witnesses, some of them were seen pushing their parents to the floor and even putting them in handcuffs.

Texas Department of Public Safety South Regional Director Victor Escalon gives an update into the investigation following a mass shooting at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, USA, 26 May 2022
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Victor Escalon, South Regional Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, provides an update on the investigation following a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 26, 2022.

New information reveals the shooter was not confronted by a school resource officer as he walked through the doors of the school. At 11.44, he shot at cops who had made their way inside. They retreated and he was left in the classroom with the victims. It took another hour for SWAT to arrive and kill him, during which time the injured kids inside had been languishing waiting for help
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According to new evidence, the shooter was not confronted by a school resource officer as he entered the school. At 11:44 p.m., he opened fire on cops who had entered the building. They withdrew, leaving him in the classroom with the victims. It took another hour for SWAT to arrive and kill him, during which time the injured children inside waited for assistance.

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, who now resides in California, paid her respects to the tragedy victims by paying a visit to a memorial near the crime scene.

Markle was pictured outside the Uvalde County Courthouse on Thursday, depositing a bunch of white roses at a makeshift monument not far from the horrific slayings at Robb Elementary School.

According to a volunteer present, she also visited a blood drive at a community centre in Uvalde, where she inspected the facility and contributed food. The person stated, ‘She didn’t want anyone to know who she was.’

According to her spokeswoman, the duchess made the journey in her unique position as a mother to give her sympathies and support in-person to a community dealing with terrible pain.

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, visits a memorial site in Uvalde, Texas on Thursday, to honor the victims killed in this week's elementary school shooting
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Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, pays tribute to the victims of this week’s elementary school massacre at a memorial site in Uvalde, Texas.

Meghan Markle places a bouquet of white roses at the memorial outside Uvalde County Courthouse
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Outside the Uvalde County Courthouse, Meghan Markle sets a bunch of white roses at the memorial.

Paying her respects in Texas, Markle was dressed incognito in a simple T shirt, jeans and ballcap, but nevertheless sported on her left wrist a $6,900 Cartier Love Bracelet and Princess Diana's $23,000 Cartier Tank Watch
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Markle was dressed incognito in a basic T-shirt, trousers, and ballcap when paying her respects in Texas, but she wore a $6,900 Cartier Love Bracelet on her left wrist and Princess Diana’s $23,000 Cartier Tank Watch on her right wrist.

Her top bodyguard Alberto Alvarez (left) looked on as Markle walked around the memorial, looking at the white crosses bearing the names of the other victims
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As Markle walked around the memorial, looking at the white crosses bearing the names of the other victims, her top bodyguard Alberto Alvarez (left), stood by.

Markle did not speak to the press on her visit, and it was unknown whether she was accompanied by camera crews filming content for her Netflix arrangement. A Netflix spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment right away.

Markle’s unannounced visit to the tiny hamlet about 80 miles west of San Antonio shocked the community, which is still hurting from the horrific tragedy.

The duchess’ travel to Texas comes as her father, Thomas Markle, 77, recovers from a suspected massive stroke earlier this week.

Following years of hardship in her relationship with her father, speculation has lingered about whether she will visit his bedside in Chula Vista, California, only a few hours drive from the home she lives with Prince Harry in Montecito.

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