Antonio Basco lost wife Margie Reckard in the El Paso shooting, community helped him say goodbye
Widow Antonio Basco is inviting strangers to his wife's funeral, because when she died in th El Paso shooting, he lost his last family member.
Margie Reckard, 63, was "an angel" to her husband of more than two decades until she was killed in one of America's worst shootings last week.
The US faced two attacks in 24 hours in El Paso, Texas, and in Dayton, Ohio this month, leaving 30 dead.
Basco said Reckard's kindness and selflessness were incomparable.
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"We were gonna live together and die together," he said. "That was our plan."
However it didn't work out that way and Brasco was left to arrange Reckard's funeral. He told the funeral home he had no other family and "welcomes anyone to attend his wife's services" on Friday.
Perches Funeral Home wrote on Facebook "Let's show him & his wife some El Paso Love".
The post has been shared nearly nine thousand times with hundreds of thousands of comments.
"Part of our El Paso comunity [sic], therefore part of our family," another person commented. "We will be there. May she rest in peace," one person commented.
Another local Texan wrote: "I've read all the comments from people all over the nation and I will gladly represent all of you who are out of town to show my love and respect. Sorry for your loss Mr Basco and my condolences."
Basco told KFOX-TV that Reckard may be gone today, but for him it's like she never left.
"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," he said.
Basco said he and Reckard knew there was something between them as soon as they met, and their life together was like something out of a fairy tale.
Reckard was the strong one, he said, and she's "going to be missed a lot."