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More than 700 people who gathered for the comfort of a man who has lost his wife, a 22-year-old, is in El Paso, Texas, to shoot.
Hundreds of people braved the 100-degree Texas heat on Friday to pay respects to a woman they have never met, but he had tragically passed away in El Paso to shoot it, leaving behind only her faithful companion.
Margie Reckard, 63, was one of the 22 victims who were killed in the Walmart shooting earlier this month.
Her broken-hearted partner of 22 years, Antonio Basco, invited the public to her death, saying that he did not have any immediate family or member of the family.
Mourners wait in line on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 at the latest, before the memorial service in El Paso, Texas, by Margie Reckard, 63, who was killed by a gunman who opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso earlier in the month.
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The response rate to the invitation was excellent.
On Friday morning, hundreds of people from all over the country, including from Dayton, Ohio, was the site of a mass shooting in less than a day after the attack in El-Paso – filled La Paz, Faith, Memorial, & Spiritual Center. A line snaked around the building and on the spot.
“I came here this morning,” Jordan Ballard, a 38-year-old Los Angeles resident, who purchased a ticket after learning of the Texas man’s request. “His story moved me.”
Antonio, Basco’s partner Margie Reckard, sitting next to a wreath in her honour at her funeral in La Paz, Faith, Memorial, & Spiritual Center on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 at the latest, in El Paso, Texas.
She and Solomon Clark, a professional singer from Santa Fe, N. M., six hours, and stood in the inspection line for two hours because she had a message to Basco.
“I’m here to tell you, Mr. Basco, for every fool, but there are many of us who love him,” the 61-year-old told the New York Times.
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A Buzzfeed reporter tweeted that there were over 700 people in attendance.
When Basco arrived, the people called out blessings in both English and Spanish. Before entering the funeral home, someone to give him a gift that turned out to be one of El Paso’s t-shirt.<br data-cke-eol=”1″>
When Basco arrived, the people called out blessings in both English and Spanish. Before entering the funeral home, someone to give him a gift that turned out to be one of El Paso’s t-shirt.
“I love y’all, man,” he said, before breaking down.
He Reckard, is comforted during the funeral services for his grandmother, Margie Reckard, who was killed in a mass shooting earlier in the month, in La Paz, Faith, Memorial, & Spiritual Center on Friday.
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As the line continued to swell, Basco came back out to thank the attendees personally for it to come out. He appeared to be overwhelmed that strangers were running toward him, and the love and compassion.
“This is great,” he said, according to the Times.
A moment later, a mariachi, was walking through the crowd in singing “Amor Eterno,” in 1984, the ballad of the late, Juan Gabriel, who has become a national anthem for the El Paso-after the shoot-out. Some of those present would sing along. Others sobbed, and got out of the line.
People gather in La Paz, Faith, Memorial, & Spiritual Center, and to offer condolences to the family of Margie Reckard, during her funeral, Friday, Feb. 16, 2019 at the latest, in El Paso, Texas. Reckard was killed during the mass shooting on Aug. 3.(AP Photo/Jorge Salgado)
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Reckard had children from a previous marriage, who had traveled from out of town to be buried by their children.
Her oldest son, Dean, 48, described her as a loving, kind, and helpful.
“They would have been under the impression that in order to see all of the love, of El Paso, and showed it to her,” he told the New York Times.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.