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Gun violence has ravaged America in recent weeks with back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio, and Gilroy, California claiming a shocking number of lives.

These stories come and go in the headlines but the effects on those who directly experience each tragedy are long-lasting.

The story of one man from El Paso shows how people can come together in the wake of such staggering heartbreak.

Antonio Basco lost his wife Margie Reckard in the El Paso shooting after being married for 22 years. When his message inviting “anyone” to her funeral was shared by the Perches Funeral Home in El Paso it quickly went viral.

The message was simple:

“Mr. Antonio Basco was Married for 22yrs to his wife Margie Reckard, He had no other family. He welcomes anyone to attend his Wife’s services.”

There was an outpouring of sympathy for Basco and his tremendous loss from people far and wide. According to NPR more than 1,000 mourners are expected to attend his wife’s funeral on Friday.

Strangers also sent flowers.

Others are working together to figure out the best ways to help Mr. Basco, including by sending food and restaurant gift cards.

According to Buzzfeed News Basco has been sleeping in his car outside the Walmart where his wife was killed since her death.

Basco spoke to Buzzfeed from that same Walmart parking lot saying “She was my world” and that when he heard she’d been shot “I felt everything leave me.”

While it can’t undo the tragic losses inflicted by the mass shooting it is inspiring to see the compassion shown by so many. Perches Funeral Home director Harrison Johnson told Buzzfeed: “We have people calling saying they’re flying in from all over—New Mexico, California, Nevada—and asking how to get here. It’s going to be an amazing turnout.”

In fact, according to the funeral home  “due to the overwhelming response of the community” Margie Reckard’s funeral service on Friday has been moved to a larger venue to accommodate everyone who will be in attendance.

h/t: BuzzFeed News

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