Antonio Basco praying for his wife and open invitation to her funeral

El Paso Shooting Widower Has No Family, Invites Everyone To Wife’s Funeral

Antonio Basco has offered an open invitation to his wife’s funeral after she was killed during the El Paso mass shooting because he has no other family to invite. The call went out today via CBS’s David Begnaud to invite people to the Friday funeral on August 16 from 5 to 9 pm.

Margie Reckard, 63, was married to Basco for 22 years before she was murdered. Her husband spoke about her to KFOX14 the Monday after the weekend of shootings that left a total of 31 dead in El Paso and Dayton.

“When I met her she was an angel and she still is,” said Basco. “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 and Basco were devoted to one another from the beginning and had hoped to live out their lives together.

“I just feel it and when we first met, that feeling came to each one of us, to each other, and we’ve been together ever since. We were gonna live together and die together that was our plan.”

The tweet encouraging the public to attend the funeral is rapidly going viral on both Twitter and on Facebook as people respond with compassion and heartbreak.

At this rate, it’s probably going to be a crowded funeral. Rest in peace, Margie.