The double tragedy of Joe Garcia: “He died of sadness because he could not bear to lose his wife in the shooting”


García’s wife was a teacher and was shot at Uvalde; Hours later, her husband suffered a heart attack leaving four orphans

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Alana de León attends a tribute to the victims of Uvalde.AFP
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Cruz Hernandez43 years old, remembers Joe Garca As a “good guy”. He was a colleague of hers at a local supermarket, “a hardworking, responsible man, an excellent father to his children, a devout Catholic.” And above all, the lover of his wife, irma garka, one of two teachers killed in the massacre at the Robb School in Uvalde, Texas. On Thursday, shortly after he returned with some flowers next to his wife’s cross on the corner of the school, He died of a heart attack at his home.A, adding to the family tragedy. I have four children.

“I believe that he died of sorrow, that he could not bear to lose his wife”Hernández tells EL Mundo, who remembers that García traveled 80 miles—about 128 kilometers—every day to get to his job in Del Rio. “Round travel, 160 miles, but always with a good attitude.”

It is known of Irma García that, in addition to being “a great teacher”, recalls Leticia, an employee at the Uvalde public library, she had been a fourth-grade teacher for more than two decades and she tried to protect her. The student had tried till the end. When officers entered the classroom where 18-year-old Salvador Ramos killed 19 children and another teacher, they found him lying on the floor, “Practically hugging children till their last breath”According to the testimony of his nephew, John Martinez, 21, a university student.

Many in Uvalde today wonder whether García and the rest of the victims’ lives could have been saved if there had been a more rapid and decisive police intervention. The officials’ last press conference, on Friday afternoon, not only in this small town in Texas but across the country, left spirits on fire and many doubts in the air. Steven McGraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, assured that his agent He made the “wrong decision” by not breaking down the door In the classroom where Ramos barricaded himself and caused the massacre.

In total, 19 police officers entered the school premises, as the number of children killed in the deadliest massacre at a school in the United States since Sandy Hook in Connecticut. Decided to retreat and wait for the arrival of the tactical squads. from other parts of Texas.

He considered that shots directed at the door indicated that there were no survivors inside, and decided to enter the stage of negotiations with the shooter, The crisis lingered for more than an hour until Ramos was killed. in class. However, there is evidence to suggest that some of the children were still alive or needed medical help while officials waited for reinforcements to arrive.

“From where I’m sitting now, there were clearly kids in the room. They were clearly at risk,” McCraw said. “There may be children who were injured, who were shot but they were only injuredAnd it’s important to save lives in order to get there quickly and help.”

The story of some of the inhabitants of Uvalde A girl who managed to communicate with agents through a classroom windowAnd that their conversation caught the attention of Ramos, who did not hesitate to shoot him, an unconfirmed version.

In fact, McGraw himself pointed out during the press conference that A person called 911. is called -Emergency service- from inside Class 112 at 12:16 pm, 45 minutes after Ramos entered the school, and indicated that “eight or nine students were alive.” It is still unknown whether these young men referred to in the call are part of the final count of the victims or if they managed to survive.

According to former Houston police chief Art Acevedo, Uvalde officers should have entered immediately. “Those kids were calling 911 for help. They should have stopped the bleeding of those children and stopped shooting others.”Dijo and The New York Times.

According to experts, the hour after the initial discharge of the shots is critical. In Uvalde today no one knows how many lives could have been saved.

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