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From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host8/15/19 7:38 AM 
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After His Wife's Death in Walmart Mass Shooting, El Paso Man With No Other Immediate Family Invites Public to Her Funeral

A man whose wife of 22 years was killed in the El Paso, Texas shooting is inviting the public to her funeral services because he has no other family in the area, a funeral home said Tuesday.

“Mr. Antonio Basco was Married for 22yrs to his wife Margie Reckard, He had no other family. He welcomes anyone to attend his Wife’s services,” Perches Funeral Home in El Paso wrote Tuesday in a Facebook post that has been shared nearly 10,000 times as of Wednesday morning.

Reckard, 63, was one of 22 people who died in the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso on Aug. 3 — an attack authorities say was intended to target Mexicans.

“I mean you didn’t even have to be there to talk to her. You could just look at how she was, how she acted, how she presented herself. She was an awesome lady,” Basco told local station KFOX14 about his wife, describing her as “an angel.”

“We were gonna live together and die together,” he said. “That was our plan.”

Reckard’s son, Harry Dean Reckard, told the New York Times that after his father died in 1995, his mother found a partner in Basco. The two moved to El Paso a few years ago, he said. Harry Dean Reckard and other family members are planning to travel to El Paso for his mother’s funeral this week.

“We want to thank the people of El Paso because without them, I don’t know what we would have done,” Reckard’s daughter-in-law Hilda Nuzzi told local station KTSM. “Everyone is amazing.”

The visitation will take place on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., at Perches Funeral Home Northeast on 4946 Hondo Pass in El Paso. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m.

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From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host8/21/19 12:11 PM 
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El Paso Shooting: Hundreds Of Strangers Come To Mourn With Widower At Wife's Funeral

Earlier this month, Margie Reckard, 63, was gunned down along with 21 others in the El Paso, Texas, massacre that authorities believe was driven by racial hatred. Two weeks later, strangers amassed by the hundreds to honor Reckard and surround her widower, Antonio Basco.

"Never had so much love in my life," Basco said on Friday as he beheld the crowds, many who waited in triple-digit heat to attend Reckard's memorial service and support a man they had never met.

When Reckard was killed, she left behind Basco, her partner of 22 years, who considered her his only close family. The couple had moved to El Paso a few years earlier and didn't have many local relatives and friends.

Powerful images of a solitary Basco crouching and weeping in front of Reckard's makeshift memorial had spread on social media.

The funeral home where Reckard's service had been planned put out a call on Facebook on Tuesday, issuing an open invitation. "Mr. Antonio Basco was Married for 22yrs to his wife Margie Reckard, He had no other family," the post read. "He welcomes anyone to attend his Wife's services."

The response was overwhelming.

Harrison Johnson, funeral director at Perches Funeral Homes, told NPR that he quickly learned attendance would exceed its 250-person capacity. So he helped make arrangements to move the service to the larger La Paz Faith Memorial and Spiritual Center in El Paso.

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  • Edited August 21, 2019 12:13 pm  by  YWN666

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