"I can't stay away from here", Basco, 61, told CNN.
"I want you to know that on Friday I will be lighting a candle for you and your wife".
On Tuesday, Perches posted on Facebook a photo of a bereft Basco kneeling by a candlelight memorial. He leaves fresh flowers each day at the site of a white cross bearing his wife's name and removes any that are dying. People crowded around to hug and touch him.
"He was basically just mumbling to himself that he had no one anymore, that she was everything he had". "He kept repeating that he was going to be so alone now".
She got that chance when she sat behind Basco at the service.
The El Paso FBI Division sent agents and "victim service specialists" to the funeral. Basco's wife, Margie Reckard, was among the victims. Basco is from Louisiana.
Reckard's son, Dean, said he didn't spend as much time with his mother as he wanted. At some point Basco finally approached her. A drink and friendly conversation soon turned into a dinner. Stanton said one man asked if he could hug Basco, telling Basco he'd come all the way from Colorado to attend the memorial service. "I've never been in El Paso in my life". They enjoyed travelling around the United States by train.
"Every second, every breath... has been a wonderful life", he said. Mrachis sang "Amor Eterno", which has become El Paso's anthem since the shooting. They took care of each other as they grew older and as Reckard began battling Parkinson's disease.
"We lost count after 500", Perches said. "We planned on living together and dying together". "His story moved me". Reckard and Basco were always smiling and striking up conversations even if there was a language barrier, Duran said.
People passed through the chapel, pausing to pay their respects, then moving along to make way for those waiting behind them.
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In this August 6, 2019 file photo, Antonio Basco cries beside a cross at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a mass shooting at a shopping complex, in El Paso, Texas. He was at work when his wife went on a routine shopping trip to Walmart.
A gunman opened fire inside the store, taking the lives of 22 people and wounding at least two dozen.
"It hit my heart, so I chose to come out here on a whim, Duran said while standing before the white crosses, piles of flowers and other mementos left for the victims".
"I don't need anything", he said. I don't know one person here.
"She would have been overwhelmed to see all the love El Paso showed her", he told the New York Times.
Powerful images of a solitary Basco crouching and weeping in front of Reckard's makeshift memorial had spread on social media.
On Wednesday, Armendáriz made sure that Bascos opened a bank account to receive the donations.
According to El Paso station KTSM-TV, Reckard's family is coming from out of town. And if she gets a chance to talk to Basco at the funeral, she wants to thank him.
Basco remains for many an enigma and a symbol of the city's pain.
"We were gonna live together and die together that was our plan", Basco said.
Since then he's been a fixture at the makeshift memorial, crying on his knees, staring at the cross, mumbling things to his wife.