Irma Garcia’s Husband Succumbed to Grief after Wife’s Death in Texas Mass Shooting

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Irma Garcia, a fourth-grade teacher, was murdered in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas. Joe, her spouse, and high school sweetheart died after a medical incident two days later, according to family members. He succumbed to grief as he could not handle the death of his wife.

Garcia was one of 21 individuals killed by an 18-year-old gunman who entered the Uvalde, Texas, school with a weapon and started shooting. Garcia’s co-teacher, Eva Mireles, and nineteen other children were also killed. Garcia’s husband, Joe, died of a heart attack two days after she died, according to the Archdiocese of San Antonio. He died of a broken heart, according to the couple’s family.

Irma Garcia’s love for her family is depicted on the school website where she chose a few short sentences for her husband, her four children, and teaching. “I enjoy grilling with my husband,” she stated on the Robb Elementary School website, along with other details about her family, including her two sons and two daughters’ accomplishments.

According to the American Heart Association, dying from grief, also known as broken heart syndrome, is caused by a spike of stress hormones, which is usually triggered by an extremely traumatic incident. A major cause of stress-induced cardiomyopathy is the death of a loved one. Because of the same symptoms, it is frequently misinterpreted as a heart attack, according to the association. Both attacks include a severe change in rhythm, but broken heart syndrome has no clogged arteries.

A fourth-grader who survived the massacre disclosed that Irma Garcia and another teacher, 44-year-old Eva Mireles, saved his and other student’s lives. “They were willing to help in front of my classmates,” he claimed. “In order to save them.” Furthermore, Joe Garcia, 50, had just returned home from leaving flowers at his wife’s memorial when he just collapsed, according to his nephew, John Martinez. Martinez said his uncle died due to grief on Twitter.