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'SHE WAS AN ANGEL AND SHE STILL IS': With no family, husband of El Paso shooting victim invites public to funeral


A makeshift memorial for shooting victims is pictured at the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart in El Paso, Texas on August 8, 2019. (PAUL RATJE/AFP/Getty Images)

Antonio Basco’s wife was more than his partner of two decades and an “angel” in his life. Margie Reckard was his only living family member — until earlier this month.

Basco, whose wife died in the El Paso mass shooting on Aug. 3, is now inviting the public to attend Reckard’s services on Friday. Reckard did have family members who will be attending, but Basco is seeking a bigger turnout.

The couple were together for 22 years, according to local station KFOX-TV.

“When I met her she was an angel and she still is,” Basco told the station. “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.”

The 63-year-old woman also had two sons and a daughter, who will be coming out of town for the funeral, NBC affiliate KTSM reported. The family said they welcome anyone who wants to join the services or offer support.

A Facebook post by Perches Funeral Home announcing the public funeral has gone viral, with nearly 10,000 shares Wednesday morning. The services are scheduled to take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

“Let’s show him & his Wife some El Paso Love,” the funeral home wrote.

Mr. Antonio Basco was Married for 22yrs to his wife Margie Reckard, He had no other family. He welcomes anyone to attend...

Posted by Perches Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The massacre shocked El Paso, a border city in southwest Texas, and is being described as an anti-immigrant terrorist attack. Police said the suspect in the shooting, Patrick Crusius, admitted to targeting “Mexicans” and is the author of an online screed decrying a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

The 21-year-old man is charged with killing 22 people, including seven Mexican citizens, inside a busy Walmart store.