Joe Garcia, the husband of hero teacher Irma, died of a heart attack on Thursday
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The husband of one of the teachers murdered in Tuesday’s school shooting has died of a heart attack. 

Irma Garcia, 46, was one of two teachers slaughtered by the gunman on Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas. 

On Thursday, her grief-stricken husband Joe died of a heart attack. 

A GoFundMe page set up by the family says he died ‘of a broken heart’. 

‘I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart and losing the love of his life of more than 30 years was too much to bear,’ Irma’s cousin Debra Austin said. 

The couple’s nephew tweeted that he had died of ‘grief’.

‘Please pray for our family. God have mercy on us,’ he said. 

The pair were married for 24 years and had four children. It’s unclear how old the children are. 

Joe Garcia, the husband of hero teacher Irma, died of a heart attack on Thursday

Joe Garcia, the husband of hero teacher Irma, died of a heart attack on Thursday

The couple's nephew confirmed Joe's death on Twitter on Thursday

The couple’s nephew confirmed Joe’s death on Twitter on Thursday 

Survivors from the shooting have told how Irma and fellow teacher Eva Mireles, 44, died shielding them from the gunman’s bullets. 

‘She passed away with children in her arms trying to protect them,’ Garcia’s nephew John Martinez wrote on Twitter.

‘Those weren’t just her students, they were her kids as well.’

Mireles’ daughter revealed how her mother ‘jumped in front of students’ in a heartbreaking tribute on Wednesday.

Irma Garcia, 46

Irma Garcia, 46 

‘I don’t know how to do this life without you, but I will take care of dad. 

‘I will take care of our dogs and I will forever say your name so you are always remembered, Eva Mireles, 4th grade teacher at Robb Elementary who selflessly jumped in front of her students to save their lives,’ Adalynn Ruiz wrote on Facebook. 

Garcia, a married mother of four, had taught at Robb Elementary for 23 years and was previously named ‘teacher of the year’.

She was one of 19 San Antonio-area educators named as finalists for Trinity University’s prize for excellence in teaching in 2019.

Garcia at the time taught third grade, specializing in social studies and ELAR, or English Language Arts and Reading.

‘I am so excited to begin this new school year already!’ she wrote on the school district’s website before the start of the school year. 

The grandmother of one of the children who narrowly escaped the mass shooting said her granddaughter heard  Ramos say ‘what do I have here?’ when he entered the classroom. 

‘My granddaughter can’t take that out of her mind what he said… she had to run out the window,’ Anita Alves told ITV.com. 

Garcia had taught at Robb Elementary for 23 years and was previously named ‘teacher of the year’.

Joe and Irma Garcia with one of their kids. The couple had four children and were married for 24 years

Joe and Irma Garcia with one of their kids. The couple had four children and were married for 24 years

Irma and Joe had been married for 24 years and the couple had four kids

 Irma and Joe had been married for 24 years and the couple had four kids 

She was one of 19 San Antonio-area educators named as finalists for Trinity University’s prize for excellence in teaching in 2019. 

Garcia at the time taught third grade, specializing in social studies and ELAR, or English Language Arts and Reading.

‘I am so excited to begin this new school year already!’ she wrote on the school district’s website before the start of the school year.

Their eldest son is at military boot camp while her second son attends Texas State University and she has two younger daughters as well.

Garcia’s husband and son can be seen in a Facebook photo holding a heart-shaped sign that reads ‘Proud Bobcat family,’ – a nod to the football team at Texas State.

Mireles was trained in bilingual and special education, loved outdoor activities such as running and hiking, and cherished her husband, daughter and ‘three furry friends,’ according to a biography on the school’s website.

Her husband, Ruben Ruiz, is a police officer on the school district’s police force, the agency investigating the massacre.

Mireles’ daughter recounted on social media how her mother had asked her to take a picture to share on the school’s website.

‘I remember my mom making me take this picture of her and she had me take like 50 before she found one she liked, she wanted it to be perfect because she had to send it into the school website for her students to see, my mom had a special place in her heart for her students . Remember this hero,’ Adalynn Ruiz wrote. 

Mireles’ aunt, Lydia Martinez Delgado, grieved for her niece in a Facebook post, asking for prayers for her family and the entire town of Uvalde. 

‘I’m furious that these shootings continue. These children are innocent. Rifles should not be easily available to all. This is my hometown, a small community of less than 20,000. I never imagined this would happen to especially loved ones,’ she said in a statement.

‘All we can do is pray hard for our country, state, schools, and especially the families of all.’

Uvalde, nearly 80 miles west of San Antonio, has about 16,000 residents with almost 80percent of them Hispanic or Latino, according to US Census data. 

There were two days left in the school year when Tuesday’s massacre unfolded. 

Uvalde has canceled schools across the district for the remainder of the year and established grief counseling for survivors. 

Frightening details have been steadily emerged since the tragedy, which was the 27th shooting at a K-12 school in the U.S. this year according to Education Week.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott revealed that the killer also shot his 66-year-old grandmother in the face before heading to Robb Elementary School.

Ramos went on social media to share his plan to attack his grandmother – who, though gravely injured, was able to alert police.

He then messaged again to say his next target was a school, where he headed clad in body armor and wielding an AR-15 rifle. 

Abbott repeatedly brushed aside suggestions for tougher gun laws in Texas when pressed on how the teen was able to obtain the murder weapon.

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