Joe Garcia, whose wife, Irma, was killed on Tuesday In the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, he died of a heart attack, according to a family member.
The two were married for 24 years before the gunman opened fire on Irma Garcia’s fourth grade classroom, killing 19 children along with Garcia and another teacher, Eva Mireles.
“EXTREMELY heartbreaking and I come with deep sorrow to say that my Tia Irma’s husband Joe Garcia died of grief”, their grandson John Martinez wrote on Twitter.
in a separate tweetsaid Joe Garcia had died of a heart attack at home.
“He is now with his wife,” he said.
Martinez did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but said NBC News he was struggling to process the deaths.
“I don’t even know how to feel. I don’t believe it. I don’t want to believe it, “she said.
According to Irma Garcia school profileshe had been a teacher for 23 years, all of which spent at Robb Elementary.
“I love to barbecue with my husband, listen to music and take country cruises in Concan,” she wrote on the profile.
They have four children, the youngest of whom is in the seventh grade, the profile says.