The grieving husband of the slain Texas teacher suddenly died after visiting the memorial of his late wife.
Irma Garcia was one of the two fourth-grade teachers who died along with 19 students during the horrific Uvalde, Texas school shooting on May 24 at Robb Elementary School. Two days after the event that shocked the entire country, a memorial was held for those who died that day. Families and friends gathered to honor and remember their loved ones.
Among those who went and brought flowers was Joe Garcia, husband of the late Irma. He left flowers at the memorial site of his high school sweetheart and wife for 24 years. However, upon returning home, the grieving husband suddenly collapsed at the home’s kitchen table.
“What happened was my Uncle Joe went to go leave flowers for my Tia (Aunt) Irma, his wife, and whenever he got back, he sat down at the kitchen table with his entire family, and after 3 minutes, he just fell over. I’m told my mom was giving him chest compressions. It happened around 10 o’clock. I know my little brother was there,” John of San Marcos, Texas, said in an interview.
His family tried to revive him by giving him chest compressions before the paramedic arrived, but it was not successful. John Martinez, Joe’s nephew shared what happened that day.
“They called the ambulance and I was told they couldn’t bring him back. They took him to Uvalde Memorial Hospital. I’m not sure if they confirmed his death at the house or the hospital,” he added.
Irma and Joe had four children, ages 23, 19, 15, and 13. Sadly, these four young children are now planning two funerals for their parents. Joe is asking for prayers for their family as they face the most painful moment they’ve ever experienced.
“My Tia Irma’s husband Joe Garcia has passed away due to grief, I truly am at a loss for words for how we are all feeling, PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR FAMILY, God have mercy on us, this isn’t easy,” Joe posted on Twitter.
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Reference: USA Today