When Maggie Reckard, 63, was gunned down in the attack on innocent victims in an El Paso Walmart on Aug. 3, she was one of the 22 that died. Antonio Basco said they had been destined from the start to be together, and the couple was together for 22 years. “When I met her she was an angel and she still is. I was supposed to be the strong one but I found out I’m the weak one, and she’s going to be missed,” he told KFOX-TV.
The feelings they had for each other were very special said Basco, “I just feel it and when we first met, that feeling came to each one of us, to each other, and we’ve been together ever since. We were gonna live together and die together that was our plan.”
Her kindness and unselfishness set her apart from others, “I mean you didn’t even have to be there to talk to her, you could just look at how she was, how she acted, how she presented herself she was an awesome lady,” he said. “You see Margie, more or less was the brains of the family.”
On Tuesday, Aug. 13, the Perches Funeral Home posted a message on Facebook with a picture of Basco, saying, “Mr. Antonio Basco was married for 22 years to his wife Margie Reckard, he had no other family. He welcomes anyone to attend his wife’s services.” The funeral home is absorbing the costs of Marjorie’s funeral.
The funeral home has shared the wishes of Mr. Basco on its Facebook page. pic.twitter.com/6c3EjznxXl
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) August 13, 2019
Now Basco is left alone and has no family to console him, and he is hoping others can come to his wife’s funeral at 5 p.m.-9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, to help give her the send-off she deserves.
The funeral director said the chapel holds 200 people and is hoping to fill every seat, “Let’s show him and his wife some El Paso love.”
There is plenty of love on social media for Basco, and there are sure to be plenty of shoulders for him to lean on as he says his farewells to his loved one.