- More than $2.7 million was raised for the family of Irma Garcia, a teacher who was killed during the Uvalde school shooting.
- Irma died a hero for shielding her students during the tragic incident at Robb Elementary School.
- Irma’s husband, Joe, died two days later due to a ‘broken heart’, the family said.
After a tragedy, a pouring of support will come next. Kind-hearted people will find a way to ease the burdens of those affected.
On May 24, another school shooting happened in the U.S. Nineteen children and two teachers of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas were killed by a teen gunman.
Irma Garcia was one of the teachers who lost her life. She died a hero as she reportedly shielded her students during the attack.
Irma’s nephew, John Martinez, called her a “hero” in a Twitter post on Tuesday.
My tia did not make it, she sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom, i beg of you to keep my family including all of her family in y’all’s prayers , IRMA GARCIA IS HER NAME and she died a HERO. she was loved by many and will truly be missed. pic.twitter.com/2XpdJA0q8x— john martinez ❤️🔥 (@fuhknjo) May 25, 2022
Irma’s family launched a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of raising $10,000 for her funeral and various expenses.
“Irma was a wife, a mother of 4, a cousin, a sister, a daughter, an aunt, and a wonderful person. She would literally do anything for anybody……no questions asked,” the fundraiser said. “She loved her classroom kids and died trying to protect them. Please donate anything you can to help her family. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Garcia family for various expenses.”
The Garcia family was still grieving when another tragedy struck. Irma’s husband and high school sweetheart, Joe, died of a heart attack two days later on May 26.
John said in another Twitter post that his 50-year-old uncle had just arrived home from leaving flowers at his wife’s memorial when he “pretty much just fell over.”
Irma’s cousin, Debra Austin, wrote: “I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart. Losing the love of his life of more than 25 years was too much to bear.”
Donations for the couple’s four kids keep coming. The fundraiser exceeded its initial $10,000 goal, raising over $2.7 million, as of this writing.