El Paso unites to mourn Margie Reckard
[Headlines from DRJ]
The funeral for Margie Reckard, a victim of the El Paso Walmart shooting, was held today. Margie was survived by her husband Antonio Basco and three children from a prior marriage who live out-of-state. Antonio worried that there would not be many people to mourn Margie so he invited everyone to attend, and hundreds did:
Antonio Basco was far from alone on Friday.
The husband of Margie Reckard, a 63-year-old who was killed when a gunman opened fire at a Walmart, held a pubilc service for his late wife at La Paz Faith Memorial and Spiritual Center in El Paso, Texas. Hundreds of people lined up in nearly 100-degree heat to attend the service. Organizers said the venue holds 400 people, but more than 700 were said to be waiting outside.
Basco has been visiting a memorial behind Walmart every day since the shooting. He and others leave flowers at the site.
So many people from around the world sent flowers that El Paso funeral homes have arranged for 22 hearses to carry hundreds of floral arrangements from Margie Reckard funeral to Walmart memorial:
EL PASO, Texas – In a “symbolic” gesture aimed at showing that the community will “never forget” the El Paso mass shooting that claimed 22 lives, hundreds of floral arrangements sent from around the globe for the funeral of 63-year-old victim Margie Reckard will be transported in a 22-hearse procession from the church to the makeshift memorial at Walmart.
Funeral home owner Salvador Perches, who is handling Reckard’s funeral services, made the announcement Friday in a live appearance on ABC-7.
Reckard’s widower, 61-year-old Antonio Basco, felt so alone after her death that he invited the world to join him in remembering his companion of 22 years.
RIP Margie Reckard.