Teen pens tribute to mom shot in Uvalde and dad who died of heart attack 2 days later

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By Asiya Ali

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A teenage girl who was left orphaned by last week's Texas elementary school shooting has written a heartbreaking tribute to her parents.

Irma Garcia, 48, was one of two teachers who was killed after 18-year-old Salvador Ramos barricaded himself in a classroom and opened fire with an AK15 rifle at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24.

Fourth-grade teacher Eva Mireles and 19 students were also tragically killed in the vicious attack, marking this as the deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy in 2012.

Irma's husband Joe Garcia suffered a fatal heart attack on Thursday (May 26) - two days after his wife's death - and just hours after laying down flowers at his wife's memorial.

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Residents of Uvalde visit the memorials outside of Robb Elementary School on May 30th, 2022 in Uvalde, TX. Credit: Sipa US / Alamy.

The couple leaves behind four children - Cristan, 23, Jose, 19, Lyliana, 15, and their youngest daughter Alysandra, 13.

The couple's 15-year-old daughter recently visited the site of her parents' memorial to pay tribute to them.

Per the Mirror, she shared the following written tribute: "Dad, I know this was too much for you. Your heart could not take it. I will spend the rest of my life fighting for you and mom. Your names will not be forgotten. Your daughter, Lyliana."

A notice about the couple was also posted on the local mortuary, which reads: "Irma Linda Garcia of Uvalde, Texas, was welcomed by our Lord and Saviour while selflessly protecting her angels on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas, at the age of 48.

"Jose Antonio Garcia joined the love of his life and was also welcomed into the arms of his wife, Irma, and our Lord on May 26, 2022."

The couple was married for 24 years and will be buried together following a private ceremony at Uvalde's Sacred Heart Church.

Last week, Joe’s cousin Debra Austin shared news of his death via a GoFundMe page dedicated to the pair, which has since raised over $2.7 million.

Joe and Irma's memorial was visited by the families in the Uvalde community, including the parents of 10-year-old Annabell Rodriguez who also lost her life during the school shooting. Her parents read tributes to her at the memorial this weekend.

Before arriving at the school, the gunman had also shot his grandma, 66-year-old Celia Gonzalez, who is currently being treated in hospital for her injuries, alongside the wounded children who survived the attack.

Ramos was later shot dead by police at the scene of the crime.

Featured image credit: Sipa US / Alamy.

Teen pens tribute to mom shot in Uvalde and dad who died of heart attack 2 days later

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By Asiya Ali

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A teenage girl who was left orphaned by last week's Texas elementary school shooting has written a heartbreaking tribute to her parents.

Irma Garcia, 48, was one of two teachers who was killed after 18-year-old Salvador Ramos barricaded himself in a classroom and opened fire with an AK15 rifle at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24.

Fourth-grade teacher Eva Mireles and 19 students were also tragically killed in the vicious attack, marking this as the deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy in 2012.

Irma's husband Joe Garcia suffered a fatal heart attack on Thursday (May 26) - two days after his wife's death - and just hours after laying down flowers at his wife's memorial.

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Residents of Uvalde visit the memorials outside of Robb Elementary School on May 30th, 2022 in Uvalde, TX. Credit: Sipa US / Alamy.

The couple leaves behind four children - Cristan, 23, Jose, 19, Lyliana, 15, and their youngest daughter Alysandra, 13.

The couple's 15-year-old daughter recently visited the site of her parents' memorial to pay tribute to them.

Per the Mirror, she shared the following written tribute: "Dad, I know this was too much for you. Your heart could not take it. I will spend the rest of my life fighting for you and mom. Your names will not be forgotten. Your daughter, Lyliana."

A notice about the couple was also posted on the local mortuary, which reads: "Irma Linda Garcia of Uvalde, Texas, was welcomed by our Lord and Saviour while selflessly protecting her angels on May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas, at the age of 48.

"Jose Antonio Garcia joined the love of his life and was also welcomed into the arms of his wife, Irma, and our Lord on May 26, 2022."

The couple was married for 24 years and will be buried together following a private ceremony at Uvalde's Sacred Heart Church.

Last week, Joe’s cousin Debra Austin shared news of his death via a GoFundMe page dedicated to the pair, which has since raised over $2.7 million.

Joe and Irma's memorial was visited by the families in the Uvalde community, including the parents of 10-year-old Annabell Rodriguez who also lost her life during the school shooting. Her parents read tributes to her at the memorial this weekend.

Before arriving at the school, the gunman had also shot his grandma, 66-year-old Celia Gonzalez, who is currently being treated in hospital for her injuries, alongside the wounded children who survived the attack.

Ramos was later shot dead by police at the scene of the crime.

Featured image credit: Sipa US / Alamy.