A crowd of hundreds of people joined at an El Paso, Texas, church on Friday to mourn a victim of last week’s mass shooting in the city. This crowd came after her widower invited the public to her funeral, saying the two had no remaining family.
Images from the La Paz Faith Memorial and Spiritual Center showed a room filled with hundreds of flowers for the memorial. Mourners also formed a line stretching around the block.
Julio-Cesar Chavez tweeted this message about the funeral:
“Thousands of El Pasoans are saying goodbye to Margie Reckard, victims of the #ElPasoShooting and consoling her husband
They had no family in El Paso so he invited the public.
The line to enter stretches for nearly half a mile.
This is #ElPasoStrong“
The Perches Funeral Home first wrote in a Facebook post this week that Antonio Basco was hoping as many people would attend the funeral as possible, noting the couple had no living family members.
“Mr. Antonio Basco was Married for 22yrs to his wife Margie Reckard, He had no other family. He welcomes anyone to attend his Wife’s services,” the funeral home wrote.
El Paso residents Victor and Mary Perales told The New York Times they came to support Basco in part because they related to his pain due to the loss of their oldest son two years ago.
“We know how hard it was for us and we were surrounded by family. I can’t imagein what it would feel like to go through this alone,” Victor Perales said. “I said we’re going to this funeral to give him a hug and let him know we can be his family.”
The funeral home told the Times it had received about 10,000 messages and tributes and more than 900 floral arrangements from strangers across the world.