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Man who lost wife in El Paso shooting opens her funeral to everyone

Sky News logo Sky News 13/08/2019 Sharon Marris, news reporter

a close up of a man with a birthday cake: Antonio Basco lost his wife of 22 years in the El Paso shooting © Reuters Antonio Basco lost his wife of 22 years in the El Paso shooting A man who lost his wife of 22 years in a mass shooting has invited everyone to come to her funeral.

Antonio Basco's wife Margie Reckard was one of 22 people killed in the Texas city of El Paso on the morning of 3 August.

Mr Basco says he has no other family.

He is hoping members of the public will come to the funeral on Friday to celebrate Margie's life, according to the funeral home handling the service.

Margie Reckard was among 22 victims of the shooting at a local shopping centre © Getty Margie Reckard was among 22 victims of the shooting at a local shopping centre Speaking to KFox14 after the shooting, Mr Basco had described his 63-year-old wife as "an angel".

He said: "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.

a person talking on a cell phone: Antonio Basco described Margie as an angel and the "brains of the family" © Getty Antonio Basco described Margie as an angel and the "brains of the family" "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.

"You see Margie, more or less, was the brains of the family."

A post on Facebook by the funeral home handling Margie's funeral encouraging those nearby to "show him and his wife some El Paso love" had been shared almost 4000 times.

A CBS correspondent's tweet about Mr Basco's funeral invitation had almost 14,000 likes and 9,800 retweets in just two hours.

Responses to the post were overwhelmingly sympathetic, with those who live too far away posting about how to send flowers to the funeral home or donate money to help Mr Basco pay for the funeral.

Beto O'Rourke standing in front of a cake: Mr Basco was comforted by Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke © Getty Mr Basco was comforted by Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke

The funeral is being held on Friday 16 August at 5pm local time at Perches Funeral Home in El Paso.

ABC-7 reported that the chapel will hold about 200 people and the funeral home director has said he hopes it will be filled for the service.

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