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Husband Of Teacher Killed In Texas Shooting Dies Of ‘Broken Heart’, They Were Married 24 Years

Husband Of Teacher Who Died While Protecting Students From Texas School Shooter Passes Away From Heart Attack

On Tuesday (24 May), a tragic mass shooting took place in Robb Elementary School in Texas, USA, claiming at least 21 lives.

Unfortunately, the heartbreak it caused was so devastating that it supposedly resulted in the death of someone who wasn’t even in the school.

Joe Garcia, the husband of Irma Garcia, a teacher who was killed in the shooting, reportedly passed away from heart failure on Thursday (26 May). Their family believes he died of grief.

Mrs Garcia’s cousin, Ms Debra Austin, has started a GoFundMe in order to support the family.

Husband of Texas teacher collapsed from heart attack after returning from memorial

According to CBS News, John Martinez, a nephew of Mr Garcia, said that his uncle “just fell over” after getting home from leaving flowers at his wife’s memorial.

Mrs Garcia was one of two Robb Elementary teachers who died in the school shooting, which also claimed the lives of 19 children.

Source: Google Maps

The couple had been married for 24 years and leaves behind four children.

Reuters reports that Mr Garcia was preparing for his wife’s funeral when he suffered a heart attack.

On Twitter, Mr Martinez said that his uncle “passed away due to grief”.


The American Heart Association says that a broken heart can indeed cause cardiac problems. Known as “broken heart syndrome”, it occurs when a part of the heart temporarily enlarges and stops pumping properly.

Meanwhile, the rest of the heart functions normally or with more forceful contractions, usually as a result of a surge in stress hormones.

This can lead to severe, short-term heart muscle failure and, in rare cases, death.

Teacher died while protecting children in Texas school shooting

CBS News reports a fourth-grade student’s claim that Mrs Garcia and Eva Mireles, another teacher who was killed in the shooting, saved his life.

He said that they put themselves in front of him and his classmates “to save them”.

Additionally, Mr Martinez said his aunt “sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom”.

Irma Garcia is her name, and she died a hero.

Source: @fuhknjo on Twitter

To support the Garcia family financially, Debra Austin, one of Mrs Garcia’s cousins, created a GoFundMe page.

So far, they have managed to collect almost S$2.3 million (US$1.7 million) in donations.

Source: GoFundMe

In the page description, Ms Austin described Mrs Garcia as someone who “would do anything for anybody” and “died trying to protect” her beloved students.

Ms Austin echoed Mr Martinez’s statement that Mr Garcia passed away from grief.

I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart and losing the love of his life of more than 25 years was too much to bear.

A tragic loss of a hero

Losing a loved one is one of the worst things that can happen to anyone, especially if it happens at the hands of a murderer.

MS News extends our deepest condolences to the Garcia family, as well as to the relatives of all the victims of the shooting.

If you are interested in helping them, you may make a donation on GoFundMe.

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Featured image adapted from @fuhknjo on Twitter.

Sarah Kamal

Sarah is a Linguistics buff who starts every day with a cup of Earl Grey rose lavender tea.

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