Two days later the teacher's husband who was killed in Texas defending her students dies
The husband of Texas teacher Irma Garcia, who was killed while protecting her students, dies 2 days later. The cause is thought to be the grief left by the tragic loss of his wife.
Garcia's nephew, John Martinez, told People that Ie Garcia, Irma's husband, died this Thursday. He says he believes his uncle, Joe, who was 50, died after his heart could not cope with the deep pain.
Martinez says he was informed that his uncle was also risking his life from a possible cardiac arrest which after the serious event became inevitable.
The Garcia couple had four children together. Irma worked as a teacher at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde for 23 years, until Tuesday morning, an 18-year-old gunman entered her classroom with a gun and she gave her life trying to save the students .
"She died like a heroine trying to protect her students," Martinez said, adding that one of the 19 children killed in Tuesday's shooting was found dead in her arms. "She was also a mother to them. "She sacrificed herself," he added.
In 2019, Irma Garcia won the Trinity Award, which honors local teachers selected as distinguished educators by Trinity University in San Antonio.