Olivia Vella, 88, made the heartbreaking statement after her niece was murdered in the Uvalde school shooting in which 19 children and two adults were murdered by a gunman
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The aunt of a teacher killed in a Texas school shooting last night said: ‘I will cry forever’.
Teacher Irma Garcia, 48, was killed by gunman Salvador Ramos, 18, on Tuesday. Two days later, her husband Joe died of a heart attack, which his family says was caused by grief.
Irma’s aunt Olivia Vella, 88, said: “It’s incredible. Irma was an excellent wife, a beautiful girl. She and Joe were very good together.
“When I found out, I took a shower and left the water running. I cried like an idiot because the kids are so young. i will cry forever
“But people are doing a great job with a fundraiser for them. Everything for the children is paid for – they need that.”
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Irma, 48, died trying to save her students when Ramos opened fire on Robb Primary School in Uvalde, killing 19 children and two adults.
Garcia’s orphaned family — Cristian, 23, Jose, 19, Lyliana, 15, and Alysandra, 13 — are being cared for by Joe’s family. Last night her fund had surpassed £1.9million.
Meghan Markle, who is sending gifts to the Garcia children, laid flowers in Ulvade on Thursday and made an emotional call to Irma’s sister Velma, who lives 90 miles away in San Antonio.
Irma’s nephew Anthony Martinez, 26, tweeted: “I just want to say that Meghan Markle is a wonderful person. Your intentions are pure.”
More details of the worst US school shooting in ten years have emerged. Frightened students trapped in a class with a Ramos who repeatedly called 911 during his fatal attack.
A girl begged, “Please send the police now,” while officers waited more than an hour to enter the room.
Miah Cerrillo, 11, said she covered herself in the blood of a friend who was killed to make her look dead and not get shot.
She said the mad shooter played “Sad-I-want-people-to-die music.” She said the class was watching the Disney film Lilo & Stitch as the school year drew to a close when her teacher received an email alert about an active shooter.
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But it was too late. She wanted to lock the door, but Ramos was already there.
Miah said Ramos walked into the fourth grade classroom, looked one of the teachers in the eye and said “goodnight” to her before shooting her and opening fire on the students.
Steven McCraw of the Texas Department of Public Safety said up to 19 officers had gathered in the hallway outside the classroom, but another 47 minutes elapsed before the Border Patrol tactical team broke down the door and shot the killer.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who initially praised the police response in a news conference on Wednesday, said he was “misled” and “angry.”
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