Published: Sat, August 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Hundreds come to honor El Paso victim after public invited to funeral

Hundreds come to honor El Paso victim after public invited to funeral

On Aug. 3, Reckard made a decision to visit Walmart to do some shopping when a shooter entered the store, killed 22 people and injured 24 more.

The funeral for Margie Reckard, Basco's wife of 22 years, will take place Saturday morning, and is expected to draw a similar crowd.

According to CNN, at least 850 people came to pay their respects, at times forming a line down the street more than a block long.

"I love y'all, man", Basco said when he walked outside to greet the mourners.

"This is about a community coming together to be there for him, to hold him up".

It was about 38 degrees Celsius in El Paso, Texas on Friday night.

After hearing Mr Basco's story, the funeral home director told the BBC they had chose to cover the full cost of the funeral. People crowded around to hug and touch him.

Elodia Perches, co-owner of Perches Funeral Home, said the funeral home has received more than 400 flower arrangements so far. Others sobbed and got out of line. He has been to the memorial every day since she was killed, to help clean up the area and put out fresh flowers.

"People were telling me they came from different faiths, different cities".

Johnson, who is also a pastor, headed the service.

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"Since he opened it to the public, I think it was a way of the community to mourn the whole situation", said Salvador Perches, owner of Perches Funeral Home, which handled Reckard's burial for free. Instead, Basco, who has a small car-washing business, has been stunned by the flood of condolences.

On Tuesday, Perches posted on Facebook a photo of a bereft Basco kneeling by a candlelight memorial. "Tony in a time of death â€" they felt like they were alone and nobody was around", Johnson said.

His story spread across the country in news accounts and social media when he asked funeral directors to let people know he didn't want to be alone during the wake.

Antonio Basco stood in front of his wife's casket for two hours Friday hugging strangers.

Basco and Reckard were married for 22-years.

Angelique Tadeo of Tucson, Arizona says she and her husband, Paul, and their 3-year-old granddaughter drove more than four hours to attend Reckard's memorial.

"When I met her she was an angel and she still is", Mr Basco told USA television station KFOX14. He said his mother would sometimes work at fast food restaurants or as a hotel housekeeper to add to what her husband earned as a truck driver.

"As a kid, I just remember her feeding us and trying to provide for us the best that she could", said Harry Dean Reckard, who lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

On Wednesday, Basco said he was not ready to learn how to live by himself. Andy Farias, who was born and raised in El Paso, says he's glad everyone has been able to witness the city's warmth and generous spirit.

One local florist said her business delivered more than 50 arrangements, with orders coming in from NY and MI.

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