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Irma Garcia 10 Personal Facts, Biography, Wiki
A 2019 finalist for a Trinity University prize recognizing excellence in her profession, Garcia was about to wrap up her 23rd year teaching at Robb Elementary.
Married for more than 24 years and a mom of four kids ages 12 to 23, her school bio says she loved to barbecue with her husband, listen to music and take country cruises to Concan, Texas.
Her son Jose Garcia, a freshman at Texas State University, told the Washington Post that his mom would decorate her classroom with college pennants and other higher education-themed items. “She wanted to instill that in [the kids’] brains,” he explained.
“They were her lifeblood. She loved engaging with children and teaching them. She loved her job and she loved her co-workers.”
Another son, Christian Garcia, told NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth that a friend in law enforcement who’d responded to the scene shared with him that he’d seen Christian’s mother in her classroom and she’d had her body positioned to try to protect students.
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Joe Garcia, the husband of Irma Garcia, one of the teachers killed in the shooting, died two days later of a heart attack while attending a memorial. His family said the heart attack was tied to grief after losing his wife.
On May 26, Joe Garcia—husband of Irma Garcia, one of two teachers fatally shot by a gunman at Robb Elementary School on May 24—passed away, his nephew, John Martinez, confirmed to NBC News.
Joe Garcia “went to go deliver flowers for Irma” at the memorial that’s been created at the elementary school, Martinez told the outlet.
“When he got home, he was at home for no more than three minutes after sitting down on a chair with the family,” Martinez continued. “He just fell over. They tried doing chest compressions and nothing worked.
The ambulance came and they couldn’t, they couldn’t bring [him] back.”
Martinez told NBC News that he first learned about his uncle’s death from his younger brother. “I don’t even know how to feel,” he said. “I don’t believe it. I don’t want to believe it.”
On May 24, Irma Garcia and co-teacher Eva Mireles were both killed, along with 19 children after a gunman—identified by authorities as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos—opened fire in the elementary school.
Irma Garcia had been a teacher at the school for more than 20 years. Her son, Christian Garcia, told NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth that a law enforcement officer told him that his mother used her body to try to shield her students.
Irma Garcia and her husband were married for 24 years and leave behind four kids.
Fourth-grade teacher Irma Garcia was one of two faculty members killed on Tuesday during a mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas. On Thursday morning, her husband and high school sweetheart Joe died from what family members said was a “medical emergency.”
“I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart,” Irma Garcia’s cousin Debra Austin wrote on a GoFundMe page.