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Dealer donates new SUV to husband of El Paso shooting victim

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 on Friday. 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/EL PASO TIMES VIA AP]
By Gary Dinges gdinges@gatehousemedia.com
Posted: Aug. 20, 2019 2:49 pm Updated: Aug. 20, 2019 2:53 pm

Once again, the El Paso community has rallied behind the husband of a woman killed in the Aug. 3 Walmart shooting.

Antonio Basco got a new Ford Escape SUV this week, free of charge, courtesy of Casa Ford Lincoln. The car he had been using was stolen hours after the funeral for his wife, Margie Reckard, and was later found wrecked and abandoned, according to TV station KWTV.

Another business gave Basco a trailer he can use to continue his mobile car-washing business. Another donor gave him a pressure washer.

In a Facebook post after making the donation, the dealership wrote, "The Love of God has no borders."

Basco's story caught the nation's attention, tugging at hearts. Days before his wife was set to be buried, he told the funeral home he had no family and was worried few people would be on hand at her memorial service.  

The funeral home posted on Facebook, asking strangers to attend and show their support — and thousands did. Many waited hours in blazing heats to pay their respects.

A total of 22 people were killed in the Walmart shooting. Around two dozen more were injured. The suspect surrendered to police and remains in jail.

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