Walmart victim’s widower arrested, charged with DWI


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Antonio Basco, whose wife Margie Reckard was killed in the Aug. 3 Walmart shooting, was arrested and charged with DWI late Monday night.

Jail records show that Basco was charged with driving while intoxicated. He also had three unpaid traffic warrants for driving without a license and failure to signal a turn, all dating before the Walmart shooting.

KTSM was initially notified of the arrest early Tuesday morning by a viewer who wished to remain anonymous. She said police called to say Basco was being arrested for DWI near an ACE Hardware store in Central El Paso. El Paso police requested his new Ford Escape be picked up by a friend so it wouldn’t b impounded.

Antonio Basco/Courtesy EPPD

The viewer told KTSM she met Basco after the Walmart shooting and wanted to help him, but now wishes to distance herself from the widower.

In the weeks following the Walmart shooting, Basco received an outpouring of support from the El Paso community. He invited anyone and everyone to attend Reckard’s funeral, which resulted in more than a thousand people line up around the entire block to attend the service

Perches Funeral Home said they were inundated with calls from those wishing to send gifts, flowers, and other items to support Basco during his late wife’s service.

On Aug. 19, Casa Ford gave Basco a brand new Ford Escape after his vehicle was reportedly stolen the night of Reckard’s funeral and found wrecked the following morning. Just days after the shooting, the car dealership repaired the couple’s old SUV.

As KTSM previously reported, El Paso police said Basco did not report the SUV as stolen or vandalized.

Basco’s bond was listed at $2,500, which he had not posted as of early Tuesday morning.

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