Seth Garza pays tribute to his daughter Lilly at a memorial dedicated to the 19 children and two adults killed at Robb Elementary School.
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- Mourners have paid tribute to a teacher who was killed in a horrific mass shooting.
- Irma Linda Garcia, another teacher and 19 children were killed during a riot at Robb Elementary.
- Her husband died days after her death.
The city of Uvalde in Texas will on Wednesday rest one of the two teachers who were shot down in last week’s elementary school massacre, along with her husband, who died days later – leaving their four children orphaned.
Irma Linda Garcia, 48, was killed when a teenage gunman went on a rampage at Robb Elementary on May 24, a massacre that also left another teacher and 19 young children dead.
To add to the tragedy, her 50-year-old husband Joe died two days later. They had been married for more than 24 years.
“They began their relationship in high school and it blossomed into a love that was beautiful and kind,” obituaries for the two said.
They leave behind two daughters and two sons.
A GoFundMe set up for Garcias said Joe died of a “medical emergency” on May 26. It sought to raise $ 10,000, but more than $ 2.78 million has been donated so far.
“I truly believe that Joe died of a broken heart and lost the love of his life,” the page reads.
John Martinez, who identified himself as Joe’s nephew, also tweeted that the father of four was “dead from grief.”
The first funerals for students killed in the attack were held Tuesday. While society mourned, anger has seeped over the police response.
Officers have come under intense criticism over why it took more than an hour to neutralize the gunman, a move that Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) director Steven McCraw has admitted was the “wrong decision.”
ABC News on Tuesday quoted several law enforcement sources as saying that the Uvalde police department and school district had stopped cooperating with the DPS ‘investigation into the handling of the attack.
The great-grandfather of one of the young victims scolded the police near the memorial for white crosses surrounded by wreaths and bouquets of flowers.
“They could tell me ‘Oh, we made a mistake. We made the wrong decision’. But my great-grandson is not coming back to me,” said 78-year-old Ruben Mata Montemayor.
A woman and a child pay tribute to a memorial dedicated to the 19 children and two adults killed at Robb Elementary School.
The shooting, the latest in an epidemic of gun violence in the United States, has spurred desperate calls for gun reform. The Uvalde massacre came less than two weeks after 10 people died in an attack on a grocery store in Buffalo, New York by a young armed man targeting African Americans.
But while mass shootings attract tormented attention and spur immediate demands for change, gun regulation meets with deep opposition from most Republicans and some rural Democrats.
U.S. President Joe Biden – who visited Uvalde over the weekend – vowed Monday to “continue to push” for reforms, saying, “I think things have gotten so bad that everyone is getting more rational about it.”
Some key federal lawmakers have also expressed cautious optimism, and a two-part group of senators worked over the weekend to pursue possible areas of compromise.
They allegedly focused on laws to raise the age for arms purchases or to allow police to remove weapons from people considered at risk – but not on a direct ban on powerful rifles like the weapons used in both Uvalde and Buffalo.
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