Man Who Lost Wife in El Paso Shooting Sees Thousands of Strangers at Her Memorial

Antonio Basco saw thousands of strangers attend a memorial for his wife, who died in the El Paso Walmart shooting.
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Photos showed Antonio Basco warmly embracing the guests.

A man who lost his wife in the El Paso Walmart shooting two weeks got a moving surprise at her memorial when thousands of strangers showed up to pay their respects.

Antonio Basco had reportedly been married to Margie Reckard for 22 years. Reckard, an employee of the Walmartdied on Aug. 3 along with 21 others when a gunman opened fire at the crowded shopping center. More than two dozen others were injured.

Basco has no remaining family of his own. When it came time to lay his wife to rest, he invited the public to join him at her memorial on Friday.

And join him they did.

More than 3,000 strangers reportedly showed up to Reckard's memorial Friday night. Many hugged Basco next to her coffin, and photos showed him warmly embracing the guests.

Hundreds were expected to attend Reckard's funeral on Saturday.