A GoFundMe account set up by Debra for the couple’s children has raised over $55,000 in less than 24 hours.
Debra said Irma was a teacher that “loved her classroom kids and died trying to protect them”.
“Irma was a wife, a mother of four, a cousin, a sister, a daughter, an aunt and a wonderful person. She would literally do anything for anybody......no questions asked. She loved her classroom kids and died trying to protect them.
“I am equally devastated to report Irma's husband Joe has tragically passed away this morning as a result of a medical emergency. Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers.
“I truly believe Joe died of a broken heart and losing the love of his life of more than 30 years was too much to bear,” Debra said.