Husband of teacher killed in mass shooting at US school dies of grief


Joe Garcia husband of Irma Garcia, one of the teachers killed in the mass shooting at a school in Texas on Tuesday, reportedly died of a heart attack

The husband of one of the teachers killed in the mass shooting at a school in Texas on Tuesday, has reportedly died of a heart attack.

Joe Garcia was the husband of Irma Garcia, who taught for 23 years at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

The couple - who were married for 24 years - are survived by four children.

By Thursday night, an online fundraiser for the Garcia family had raised nearly $1.6 million out of an initial modest goal of $10,000.

The GoFundMe page said it was being organised by Mrs Garcia's cousin, Debra Austin, who wrote: "I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart."

A nephew of Mrs Garcia, John Martinez, said on Twitter that Mr Garcia had "passed away due to grief" in the wake of his wife's murder.

The Garcias leave behind four children - two boys and two girls - ranging from 12 to 23 years old.

In the aftermath of the deadly shooting, Mr Martinez told the New York Times that Mrs Garcia was found by officers "embracing children in her arms pretty much until her last breath".

"She was a hero," he wrote on a fundraising page.

The gunman who attacked a school in Texas on Tuesday was able to enter the building unobstructed, according to police.

Texas Ranger Victor Escalon said no armed guard challenged the teenage attacker and it is unclear if the school door was even locked.

However, the police force has also come under criticism for the delay in confronting the gunman.

Witnesses were quoted as saying police were hesitant to confront the killer inside Uvalde's Robb Elementary School.

The killer shot dead 19 students and two teachers in a classroom, and injured at least 17 more people.