He asked the public to his wife’s funeral because he has no family. THOUSANDS showed up to El Paso victim’s memorial.

Social media is a pretty terrible place, but every now and then there’s a story that makes it almost worth it.


From CBS News:

The funeral home had posted about Margie Reckard’s funeral on their Facebook page, which went viral. She was one of 22 people killed when a gunman opened fire at the El Paso Walmart on August 3.

Basco was seen after the shooting crying at the memorial and clutching the cross with her name on it. He said he and Reckard had no children together and he had no family in the area.

He told the funeral home to invite anyone who wanted to come to the funeral service, and the post went viral.

And here’s what happened:

Antonio Basco stood in front of his wife’s casket for two hours Friday hugging strangers.

The El Paso man initially thought no one would show up for his wife’s visitation service. His wife, Margie Reckard, 63, was killed when a gunman opened fire at a Walmart. The couple had no relatives in the area.

Basco walked into the La Paz Faith Memorial and Spiritual Center to a storm of applause and a procession of people wanting to hug him. The building was at capacity with 400 mourners. Outside, another 700 waited in nearly 100-degree heat to pay respects, according to funeral organizers.

“People were telling me they came from different faiths, different cities. It’s just incredible how much love and support every single one of you has shown,” Reckard’s grandson, Tyler, said.

This reporter said there were thousands who attended:

Incredible. The internet and especially social media has inspired a lot of horrible terrible outcomes. But it has also helped some incredible and inspiring things come to fruition. Just like most people, you have to take the good with the bad.

Rest in peace, Margie Reckard.

UPDATE: There’s a GoFundMe for the family, you can get to it here.

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54 thoughts on “He asked the public to his wife’s funeral because he has no family. THOUSANDS showed up to El Paso victim’s memorial.

  1. That’s incredible. I had read about this earlier, before all of the people showed up. I had no idea there would have been such a response.

      1. Thank you so much, Sooper. I look for feel good stories every day and do find them. I wish we had a daily or even biweekly open thread to share such things. I think we could all use a dose of the good amongst the overbearing bad.

      1. Things like this help restore my faith in humanity and a portion of our society. I look for feel good stories every day, and I do find them.

  2. How refreshing to see so much good from people when all we hear or see is usually bad. Brought me to tears to see so many good people comfort Antonio.

    My prayers for Antonio Basco for comfort and my thanks to all the good people who were just doing the right thing and for the beautiful flowers for a grieving man. RIP Margie ♥

    Thanks for posting Sooper.

  3. So much respect for everyone who cared for this grieving man and the loss of his wife. RIP Margie Reckard

  4. What a sweet story. Mr. Basco will cherish the outpouring of love from strangers as he mourns the death of his beloved wife. May God Bless and comfort him in his sadness.

  5. What a beautiful story! It helps to put things in perspective, doesn’t it? While one truly evil, sick person can cause a tremendous amount of damage and pain, the truth is that there are many, many more people who are really good.

    1. I heard a comment about this song yesterday and it’s been in my head ever since.

      My Country ‘Tis of Thee – The Lyrics
      The following are Samuel Smith’s original lyrics for “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” (“America’):

      My country, ’tis of thee,
      Sweet land of liberty,
      Of thee I sing;
      Land where my fathers died,
      Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
      From every mountainside
      Let freedom ring!

      My native country, thee,
      Land of the noble free,
      Thy name I love;
      I love thy rocks and rills,
      Thy woods and templed hills;
      My heart with rapture thrills,
      Like that above.

      Let music swell the breeze,
      And ring from all the trees
      Sweet freedom’s song;
      Let mortal tongues awake;
      Let all that breathe partake;
      Let rocks their silence break,
      The sound prolong.

      Our fathers’ God to Thee,
      Author of liberty,
      To Thee we sing.
      Long may our land be bright,
      With freedom’s holy light,
      Protect us by Thy might,
      Great God our King.

      1. If every child in this nation learned this song by heart, this nation would be a much better place.

  6. We need to see stories like this to help us remember that while the haters and the nutters are so loud and get so much attention – most of us are kind, decent people. This brings it to our attention and gives us hope.

    Rest In Peace Margie from another Margie.

  7. Claudia Tristan…spelled “racist” right in her rant, but she got “strong” wrong in her hashtag. Was it even necessary for her to add “racist” to her comment to get her point across? NO…it needs to stop.

    1. Yeah, but she forgot the part about the racist being a “leftist”. Many leftists hate Mexicans. They only need them for votes.

        1. Life is too short to nitpik on numbers…the fact that any strangers came to this event to support this man is a huge blessing. We should all be so fortunate.

  8. Every so often, humanity comes through for those they have never met and may never see again, acting as angels for those in grief. God bless Antonio Basco and keep him in His arms as he grieves.

  9. Thank you, Soop, for posting this. This is why I love my fellow Americans who show up in times of need with love and affection. I just hope this gentleman isn’t forgotten because he’s going to need continued support.

    1. To CELEBRATE the life of the loved one you lost.
      To share grief with those who also loved them.
      To comfort those left behind.
      To pray for their soul and for peace for those they left behind.
      To give thanks for the time we had them in our lives.
      To share sorrow, to share remembrances with tears and laughter.
      To reflect on the meaning of our LIFE going forward.

      Shall I go on?

        1. My 89 year old uncle is an atheist. I recently asked if he wanted me to go to his funeral. He said he couldn’t care less.

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