Irma and Joe’s cousin posted on Twitter that the man had died of grief. The young man told NBC News that Joe had just gone to lay flowers for Irma at his wife’s monument. “He was only at home for three minutes. After sitting in a chair with the family, he just fell. They tried to compress the chest, but nothing helped. He said he learned the news himself from his younger brother, who called him crying and saying his uncle had died.”
on GoFundMe Page Starting with Irma Garcia’s family after her death, the woman’s niece also confirmed Joe’s death this morning, following a “medical emergency.” “I really think Joe dying of a broken heart and losing the love of his life after more than 25 years was just too much for him,” said Debra Austin, who started the fundraiser.
Irma Garcia was a fourth-grade teacher at Robb Elementary School in Ovaldi, Texas, where gunman Salvador Ramos, 18, shot and killed 19 children and teachers on Tuesday. According to witnesses, Garcia and colleague Eva Mirales, 44, did everything they could to protect the children. “Nice teachers,” a student who survived the shooting told a local TV station. “They stood in front of my classmates to help and rescue them,” the student said. Mirales also did not survive the attack.
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