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$2.5 Million in Donations Raised for the Children of Joe & Irma Garcia; He Died of a ‘Broken Heart’

Donations poured in to two fundraisers for the four children of Joe and Irma Garcia who died within 48 hours of each other.

$2.5 million was raised for the children of Irma Garcia, one of two teachers killed by an 18-year-old gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, May 24.

Irma was killed alongside her co-teacher Eva Mireles, 44, and 19 of their students by a crazed gunman who was then shot dead by an elite Border Patrol agent.

Garcia’s husband, Joe Garcia died within hours of placing a bouquet of roses at a memorial for his wife and the other victims.

KHOU aired video that shows Joe, 48, and his four children – Cristian, 23; Jose, 19; Lyliana, 16; and Alysandra, 12 – visiting a memorial to his wife and their mother on Thursday. Two hours later, Joe died of a “broken heart,” according to his family members

On Thursday evening three of the four Garcia children sobbed at a mass for their parents, as the town gathered to pay tribute.

Father Eduardo Morales blessed the three siblings who attended the service and told them: “We are your family. Your mother and father will always find a way to take care of you.”

The couple were high school sweethearts who were married for 24 years. Joe was a teacher, while Irma was a fourth grade teacher at Robb Elementary for 24 years.

Two GoFundMe pages set up to help the Garcia children had collected more than $2.5 million in donations by Thursday night.

Parents of the deceased students are outraged by officers who stood around for an hour while the gunman shot 38 people inside the school.

 

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