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UPDATE: After plea for attendees goes viral, services for El Paso Walmart shooting victim moved to bigger facility

A Virgin Mary painting, flags and flowers adorn a makeshift memorial for the victims of the mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. A man whose 63-year-old wife was among the Texas mass shooting victims says he has no other family and welcomes anyone wanting to attend her services in El Paso. Margie Reckard was among 22 people fatally shot on Aug. 3 at a the Walmart. Reckard and Antonio Basco were married 22 years. [ANDRES LEIGHTON/ASSOCIATED PRESS]
By Gary Dinges gdinges@gatehousemedia.com
Posted: Aug. 14, 2019 11:51 am Updated: Aug. 15, 2019 4:14 pm

UPDATE: So many people are expected that the funeral service has been moved to a larger facility.

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EARLIER: When Antonio Basco lost his spouse in the mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart store, he had no one to turn to.

The man says he has no family, although at least a couple relatives of his wife, 63-year-old Margie Reckard, are expected to attend her funeral. Services are set for this Friday.

Basco was worried few would be on hand to honor his wife's memory, but employees at the funeral home handling services for Reckard had an idea. They put out a call on Facebook for members of the public to attend, and hundreds of strangers say they're planning to do so, NBC News reported.

So many people are expected that Perches Funeral Home later had to update its post, letting people know the facility had a limited seating capacity.

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Many who can't attend plan to send cards and flowers. The address to do that is: Perches Funeral Homes - North East, 4946 Hondo Pass Drive, El Paso, TX 79924. 

The couple had been together for 22 years, Basco said.

"When I met her, she was an angel, and she still is," Basco told NBC News. “I was supposed to be the strong one, but I found out I'm the weak one, and she's going to be missed a lot."

Read Reckard's obituary here.

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