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US NewsMan who lost wife in El Paso shooting opens her funeral to everyone

16:05  14 august  2019
16:05  14 august  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Margie Reckard was one of the 22 victims of a mass shooting in a Walmart in El Paso last week. Her husband is welcoming the community to attend her services, as he has no family left.

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Man who lost wife in El Paso shooting opens her funeral to everyone © Reuters Antonio Basco lost his wife of 22 years in the El Paso shooting A man who lost his wife of 22 years in a mass shooting has invited everyone to come to her funeral.

Antonio Basco's wife Margie Reckard was one of 22 people killed in the Texas city of El Paso on the morning of 3 August.

Mr Basco says he has no other family.

He is hoping members of the public will come to the funeral on Friday to celebrate Margie's life, according to the funeral home handling the service.

Man who lost wife in El Paso shooting opens her funeral to everyone © Getty Margie Reckard was among 22 victims of the shooting at a local shopping centre Speaking to KFox14 after the shooting, Mr Basco had described his 63-year-old wife as "an angel".

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A man who 's burying his wife of 22 years after she died in the El Paso shooting earlier this month has opened her funeral service to the public. Antonio Basco is welcoming everyone to attend Margie Reckard's service because he has no other family.Basco said he has no other family

A husband whose wife died in the El Paso shooting has extended an open invite to her funeral because he has no other family to mourn with. Antonio Basco will be saying goodbye to Margie Reckard with a service at Perches Funeral Home on Friday, and the organizers shared the Texas man 's wish

He said: "When I met her she was an angel and she still is.

"I was supposed to be the strong one but I found out I'm the weak one, and she's going to be missed a lot.

Man who lost wife in El Paso shooting opens her funeral to everyone © Getty Antonio Basco described Margie as an angel and the "brains of the family" "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.

"You see Margie, more or less, was the brains of the family."

A post on Facebook by the funeral home handling Margie's funeral encouraging those nearby to "show him and his wife some El Paso love" had been shared almost 4000 times.

A CBS correspondent's tweet about Mr Basco's funeral invitation had almost 14,000 likes and 9,800 retweets in just two hours.

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A mass shooting occurred at a Walmart store in El Paso , Texas, United States, on the morning of August 3, 2019. A lone gunman killed 22 people and injured 24 others.

Margie Reckard was one of the 22 victims of a mass shooting in a Walmart in El Paso last week. Her husband is welcoming the community to attend her services, as he has no family left.

Responses to the post were overwhelmingly sympathetic, with those who live too far away posting about how to send flowers to the funeral home or donate money to help Mr Basco pay for the funeral.

Man who lost wife in El Paso shooting opens her funeral to everyone © Getty Mr Basco was comforted by Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke

The funeral is being held on Friday 16 August at 5pm local time at Perches Funeral Home in El Paso.

ABC-7 reported that the chapel will hold about 200 people and the funeral home director has said he hopes it will be filled for the service.

In El Paso, Hundreds Show Up to Mourn a Woman They Didn’t Know.
Just about every morning for the past two weeks, Antonio Basco has risen before dawn to buy as many floral bouquets as he can fit in his car and carried them to a makeshift memorial for the victims of the mass shooting in El Paso. 

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