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Heartbroken husband dies after his wife is killed in Texas shooting spree – Boston News, Weather, Sports

Fourth grader was Irma Garcia killed in her classroom in Texas on Tuesdayalong with massacred her co-teacher and 19 students. Two days later, a family member says her heartbroken husband died.

The motive for the massacre – the deadliest school shooting in the country since Newtown, Connecticut, nearly a decade ago – remained under investigation, with authorities saying the 18-year-old gunman had no known criminal or mental health history.

The suspected gunman, Salvador Ramos, was in the classroom at Robb Primary School in Uvalde for more than an hour before he was killed in a shooting, authorities said on Thursday.

The killing spree has rocked a country already suffering from gun violence, and tolls have continued to rise in Uvalde, a mostly Latin American city of about 16,000 about 75 miles (120 kilometers) from the Mexico border.

Joe Garcia, 50, had dropped flowers at his wife’s memorial Thursday morning, the New York Times reported. He “pretty passed out” after returning home and died of a heart attack, his nephew John Martinez told the newspaper.

The Archdiocese of San Antonio and the Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary confirmed Joe Garcia’s death to The Associated Press. AP was unable to independently reach members of the Garcia family Thursday.

Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller will celebrate Mass for the Garcia family and the wider community Thursday night at Sacred Heart Church in Uvalde, the archdiocese said.

Married for 24 years The couple shared four children. The eldest, Cristian, serves in the Marine Corps while his brother Jose attended Texas State University. Their eldest daughter Lyliana is a high school student while her younger sister is a seventh grade student.

Martinez, the Garcias’ nephew, related it The Detroit Free Press that the family struggled to understand that Garcia’s son had shot his mother while he was training for combat.

“This shouldn’t happen in schools,” he told the newspaper. “It’s wrong. It’s not okay.”

The Garcias loved to barbecue, 48-year-old Irma wrote in one Online letter to her students at Robb Elementary School. Irma enjoyed listening to music and took land cruises to Concan, a parish on the Frio River about 40.23 kilometers north of Uvalde.

The school year, which is due to end on Thursday, was Irma’s 23rd year of teaching – all at Robb Elementary School. She had previously been named the school’s Teacher of the Year and was a 2019 Recipient of the Trinity Prize for Excellence in Education from Trinity University.

“Mrs. Irma Garcia was my mentor when I started teaching”, wrote her colleague Allison McCullough when Irma was named teacher of the year. “The wealth of knowledge and patience she showed me changed my life.”

For five years, Irma had taught alongside Eva Mireles, who was also killed.

“Welcome to the 4th grade! We have a wonderful year ahead of us!” Mireles wrote in an online letter to their incoming final year students.

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