The Heartwarming Reason Hundreds Of Strangers Came To A Woman's Funeral

Over 700 people are estimated to have lined up on Friday local time at the memorial service for El Paso shooting victim Margie Reckard.

Reckard's husband, Antonio Basco, had invited the community to attend, saying he had no family in the area and did not want to be alone.

Perches Funeral Homes told CBS El Paso affiliate KDBC that it has gotten calls and flowers from all over the world from people asking how they can help Basco honor his wife. The funeral home said it had to move the mass to a larger location because of how many people are expected to attend.

"As I was walking in through the front door right now, I saw all these flowers, and I felt so uncomfortable that I started to cry. It's very emotional," Maria Barrientos told KDBC.

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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.

Antonio Basco greets well wishers to a public memorial for his wife, Margie Reckard, on August 16, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. Image: Sandy Huffaker/Getty
Basco invited the public to attend the memorial in his late wife's honour. Image: Sandy Huffaker/Getty
Well-wishers stand in line to pay their respects during a public memorial for Margie Reckard in El Paso, Texas. Image: Sandy Huffaker/Getty

According to El Paso station KTSM-TV, Reckard's family came from out of town. Reckard was born in Baltimore and had two sons and a daughter.

"We want to thank the people of El Paso because without them I don't know what we would have done," Reckard's daughter-in-law, Hilda Nuzzi, told KTSM-TV. "Everyone is amazing."