Husband of Texas school shooting victim dies of heart attack, family says – National

The husband of one of the teachers killed in Tuesday’s mass shooting at a Texas elementary school has died of a heart attack, family members say.

Joe Garcia died at home Thursday morning, according to social media posts and a statement on a GoFundMe fundraiser set up for the family of Irma Garcia, a fourth-grade teacher at Robb Elementary School.

Irma and Joe were married for 24 years and had four children, according to a biography on the school’s website.

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John Martinez, who identified himself as Irma’s nephew in online posts, said Joe “passed away due to grief.”

Another nephew, Joey Martinez, confirmed Joe’s cause of death was a heart attack.

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“I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart and losing the love of his life,” Debra Austin, who identified herself as Irma’s cousin, wrote on the GoFundMe page for the family.

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The fundraiser has surpassed its goal of US$10,000, raising more than $65,000 in just one day.

Another GoFundMe set up by John Martinez and his brother has raised US$253,000 — shattering its goal of $30,000.

Irma Garcia and another teacher, Eva Mireles, were killed along with 19 children after a gunman entered a Grade 4 classroom on Tuesday and opened fire.

Officials said on Thursday the gunman, Salvador Ramos, entered through an unlocked door and was inside the building for at least three-quarters of an hour before Border Patrol agents stormed a classroom and killed him.

The motive for the massacre — the nation’s deadliest school shooting since Newtown, Conn., a decade ago — remained under investigation, with authorities saying Ramos had no known or mental health history.

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