Crowd of strangers says goodbye to El Paso shooting victim

Dean Reckard, son of Margie Reckard, speaks about his mother's life during her funeral at La Paz Faith Memorial & Spiritual Center, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Reckard was killed during the mass shooting on Aug. 3.(AP Photo/Jorge Salgado)
Antonio Basco, companion of Margie Reckard, leans on her casket during her funeral at La Paz Faith Memorial & Spiritual Center, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Reckard was killed during the mass shooting on Aug. 3. (AP Photo/Jorge Salgado)
Antonio Basco greets some of the hundreds in line to attend his longtime companion Margie Reckard's funeral at La Paz Faith Memorial & Spiritual Center in El Paso, Texas Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Without much family and friends in town, Basco invited the public to the service. Reckard was among those killed in a mass shooting on Aug. 3. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
Veterans groups line the sidewalk outside Margie Reckard's funeral at La Paz Faith Memorial & Spiritual Center in El Paso, Texas Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Without much family and friends in town, Antonio Basco invited the public to his longtime companion's funeral and El Paso showed up in droves. Reckard was among those killed in a mass shooting on Aug. 3. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
Antonio Basco, companion of Margie Reckard, enters the church before her funeral at La Paz Faith Memorial & Spiritual Center, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Reckard was killed during the mass shooting on Aug. 3. (AP Photo/Jorge Salgado)
Antonio Bosco, husband of Margie Reckard who lost her life during a shooting, is offered condolences with flowers Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Reckard was killed during the mass shooting on Aug. 3. (AP Photo/Jorge Salgado)
Antonio Basco has a flower pinned to his shirt at the funeral of his companion of 22 years, Margie Reckard, at La Paz Faith Memorial & Spiritual Center, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Reckard was killed during the mass shooting on Aug. 3. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
People gather at La Paz Faith Memorial & Spiritual Center, to offer condolences to the family of Margie Reckard during her funeral Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Reckard was killed during the mass shooting on Aug. 3.(AP Photo/Jorge Salgado)
Mourners attend a service for Margie Reckard, who was killed in a mass shooting earlier in the month, at La Paz Faith Memorial & Spiritual Center Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
Antonio Bosco, husband of Margie Reckard, speaks about his wife during her funeral at La Paz Faith Memorial & Spiritual Center, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Reckard was killed during the mass shooting on Aug. 3.(AP Photo/Jorge Salgado)

EL PASO, Texas — Thousands of strangers from Los Angeles to Tucson have come to El Paso, Texas, to say goodbye to an El Paso shooting victim after hearing that she had few family members.

Antonio Basco is scheduled Saturday to bury his long-time companion, 63-year-old Margie Reckard, who was killed by a gunman who opened fire at an El Paso Walmart this month.

Attendees waited more than two hours in 100-degree (38 Celsius) temperatures on Friday after Basco invited the public to attend her companion's funeral.

Angelique Tadeo of Tucson, Arizona says she and her husband, Paul, and their 3-year-old granddaughter drove more than four hours to attend Reckard's memorial. Tadeo worked as a nurse and treated victims during the 2011 shooting in Tucson that injured former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six.

People also read these

Beyond 'Obamacare': State initiatives refocus...

Aug 9, 2016

Political activists are looking to state ballot questions to move beyond "Obamacare" and refocus...

RNC hires strategists to help woo...

Aug 9, 2016

The Republican National Committee has hired three new strategists to help increase its outreach to...

Trump ignites new firestorm: Gun backers might...

Aug 10, 2016

Donald Trump sets off a fresh political firestorm by suggesting gun rights supporters might find a...

Some Delta systems haven't recovered fully from...

Aug 9, 2016

Delta says some computer systems are still running slowly more than a day after big outage

'Truly a piece of evil': 'Grim Sleeper' sent to...

Aug 11, 2016

A Los Angeles serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper" has been sentenced to death for the murders...

About Us

The World Insiders brings you exclusive coverage from across the globe in a timely, easy to consume format sourced directly from our regional media partners.

Contact us: sales[at]theworldinsiders.com

Subscribe Now!