Funeral for El Paso Shooting Victim Attracts Thousands
When a man in mourning invited the public to his wife�s funeral, the response was even bigger than imagined.
When Antonio Basco asked Perches Funeral Homes to extend an invitation to the public to attend his wife's funeral, the expectation was that a few hundred mourners might attend. They even changed the venue to accommodate a larger crowd.
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The number of people who actually showed up was in the thousands.
A line of people wrapped around the building and extended down the block near the La Paz Faith Memorial and Spiritual Center, where the service was being held on Friday. Mourners had come as far as Dayton, OH and Los Angeles, CA to show their support for Basco.
Harrison Johnson, director of the Perches Funeral Homes, was stunned at the community's response.
"I've been doing this for over 30 years and I've never seen this ... for, I guess so to speak, a non-high profile person," Johnson told ABCNews . "I've never experienced such an outpouring of love and support and caring for what you would say is pretty much just an ordinary citizen, you know a loving person."
Reckard's children from a previous marriage came from out of town to attend the funeral, including her oldest son, Dean, who described his mother as "loving and kind."
Basco arrived to the viewing and was greeted by a standing ovation. Even though he was clearly overwhelmed by all of the people who were there to pay their respects to his wife, he attempted to personally thank everyone for coming. Along with hugs and tearful condolences, attendees gave him gifts, including flowers and t-shirts.
The FBI El Paso Division and its Victim Service Specialists, who shared their support for Basco earlier via Twitter, were also in attendance.
"As part of this community, we won't let anyone so severely hurt by this tragedy go through this alone," the department tweeted Thursday. "Mr. Basco, we stand with you."
Judging by the outpouring of support he received at both Friday's visitation service and his wife's burial on Saturday, Antonio Basco won't be alone in his suffering ever again.
To make a donation to any of the families that were affected by the shooting, you can reach out to El Paso organization Operation H.O.P.E, or call (915) 590-0490.