A man who lost his wife in the El Paso Walmart shooting rampage is inviting the general public to her funeral — because he doesn’t have any other family in town who can attend.
Margie Reckard, 63, was married to her husband Antonio Basco, 61, for 22 years before she was killed in the Aug. 3 massacre.
Perches Funeral Home shared a heart-wrenching Facebook post inviting everyone to attend Reckard’s Friday service — along with a photo of Basco surrounded by candles and flowers at a memorial.
The service will be held at the funeral home’s Northeast location — 4946 Hondo Pass, from 5 to 9 p.m., the post said.
“Let’s show him & his wife some El Paso love,” the funeral home posted.
Reckard was born in Baltimore, Maryland and had two sons and two daughters. Her eldest son, Dean Reckard of Omaha, Nebraska, said his mother suffered from Parkinson’s disease.
In the wake of the shooting, Basco remembered his late wife as someone who always took care of him.
“I’ve been lost. I’m like a puppy run away from its momma,” he said. “But my wife, she’d say get up off your rear end and grow up. Because now I’ve got to take care of the bills, take care of the cat.”
“When I met her she was an angel and she still is,” he told local outlet KFOX 14. “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.”
Reckard’s family will be coming in from out of town, but welcomes anyone to grieve with and support them, her daughter-in-law Hilda Nuzzi told local station KTSM.
“We want to thank the people of El Paso because without them I don’t know what we would have done,” Nuzzi said. “Everyone is amazing.”
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