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Raised $1.8 million for Irma Garcia, husband who died of a broken heart

More than $1.8 million was raised online in less than a day for Robb’s murdered elementary school teacher, whose husband then died of a broken heart.

GoFundMe was launched to raise money for the four children of Irma Garcia – one of two teachers killed along with her 19 young students – and her 24-year-old husband Joe, who died of a heart attack on Thursday.

“I truly believe that Joe died of a broken heart and the loss of the love of his life of more than 25 years was too much to bear,” confirmed Debra Austin, a cousin of Irma Garcia, who began the fundraiser on Thursday .

Her cousin Irma “loved her class children and died trying to protect them,” she wrote.

It had aimed for just $10,000 but quickly raised more than 180 times that amount after donations from nearly 30,000 people on Friday.

As of Friday morning, the fundraiser had raised $1,819,500 for the family of the couple, whose children ranged in age from 12 to 23.

GoFundMe’s top 12 fundraisers early Friday are all for the Uvalde massacre — apart from the $1.9 million raised for the 10 people who were shot dead at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, just 10 days earlier became.

A large Texas Elementary School Shooting Victims Fund had raised $3,654,960 as of Friday thanks to donations from more than 54,000 people.

Irma and Joe Garcia died within days.
Irma and Joe Garcia died within days.
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GoFundMe was launched to raise money for the couple's four children.
GoFundMe was launched to raise money for the couple’s four children.

It was founded by VictimsFirst, the network of families of victims of previous mass shootings. The group said it “created this fund to ensure that 100% of the data collected goes DIRECTLY to the victim base, meaning the victims’ families and the wounded/injured”.

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“We have sworn this will never happen again,” they said, promising that “the funds raised will go to families in the form of cash payments with no strings attached and protected from fraud and exploitation.”

Seven of the other top 12 fundraisers were for some of the 19 children killed by 18-year-old monster Salvador Ramos at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday.

A memorial cross for Irma Garcia in Uvalde.
A memorial cross for Irma Garcia in Uvalde.
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The couple with one of their children in a Facebook photo.
The couple with one of their children in a Facebook photo.
The couple's children are between 12 and 23 years old.
The couple’s children are between 12 and 23 years old.
The couple was married for 24 years.
The couple was married for 24 years.

Another collection for the other murdered teacher, Eva Mireles – whose sister called her “really the definition of a heroine” – had raised more than $90,000 as of Friday.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/27/1-8m-raised-for-irma-garcia-husband-who-died-of-broken-heart/ Raised $1.8 million for Irma Garcia, husband who died of a broken heart

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