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With no family nearby, widower who lost wife in El Paso shooting invites public to her funeral

‘I’ve been lost…She took care of me.’

A man who lost his wife of 22 years in the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, has reportedly invited the community to her funeral because he has no other family.

Walmart employee Margie Reckard, 63, was among the 22 people killed at the store on August 3. She leaves behind her husband, Antonio Basco, who’s inviting the public to attend Friday’s service as he “had no other family,” Perches Funeral Home said in a now-viral Facebook post.

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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

KTSM reported that Reckard, who’s from Baltimore, Maryland, had no relatives in El Paso as she moved to the area three years earlier. She reportedly has two sons and a daughter.

According to Reuters, Basco was at the El Paso Walmart when Greg Zanis of Crosses for Losses presented him with a cross bearing Reckard’s name. At the time, he explained he was at the Walmart because he “wanted to go where she died.”

“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,” Basco told KFOX of his late wife.

“We were gonna live together and die together that was our plan.”

Reckard’s family is coming from out of town but they’re welcoming all well-wishers who want to pay their respects.

“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 the news station. “Everyone is amazing.”

Visitation is from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 16 at the following location:

Perches Funeral Home – NorthEast
4946 Hondo Pass Drive 
El Paso, Texas 79905

Meanwhile, ABC News reported that prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Patrick Crusius, 21. The suspected gunman allegedly admitted to carrying out the shooting and targeting people of Mexican descent. He remains jailed without bond.

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[Featured image: Antonio Basco/Facebook]