Texas elementary school shooting – over $1.8 million have been amassed online in less than 24-hours for the Robb Elementary School teacher whose grieving husband passed away of a broken heart on Thursday.
“Over $1.8M raised for slain Texas teacher, husband who died of broken heart,” New York Post Tweeted.
After the death of the elementary school teacher, Irma Garcia, who was brutally killed in the shooting massacre alongside another teacher and 19 young students, a GoFundMe was launched for her four children.
“I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart and losing the love of his life of more than 25 years was too much to bear,” said the deceased teacher’s cousin Debra Austin who launched the fundraiser for her kids.
Irma “loved her classroom kids and died trying to protect them,” the cousin wrote.
“The GoFundMe was launched to raise money for the four children of teacher Irma Garcia and her husband Joe….” a source Tweeted.
Initially, they got just $10,000, however, it quickly multiplied 180 times after nearly 30,000 people made donations on Friday.
In just less than 24-hours, the fundraiser amassed a whopping $1,819,500 for the couple’s children aged from 12 years to 23 years.
By early Friday, the top 10 fundraisers on GoFundMe were for the Uvalde massacre. It raised $1.9 million for the Buffalo market shooting victims.
Big thanks to all the 54,000 people who made donations to the “Texas Elementary School Shooting Victims Fund” and helped them reach $3,654,960.
Irma and her husband Joe Garcia died just a few days apart.
GoFundMe is a fundraising platform launched by VictimsFirst, a group of families devastated by earlier shooting massacres. They said they “started this fund to make sure that 100% of what is collected goes DIRECTLY to the victim base so the victims’ families and those wounded/injured.”
For the Texas brutal incident, they said “We vowed this would never happen again,” and promised that “funds collected will go to the families in cash payments with no strings attached are protected from fraud and exploitation.”