Thieves steal SUV belonging to man who lost his wife in El Paso mass shooting

In this Aug. 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. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

EL PASO, Texas (WTHR) — Just one day after laying his wife to rest, the widower of El Paso mass shooting victim Margie Reckard is dealing with a new challenge.

Antonio Basco issued a public invitation for people to come attend his wife's funeral because he had no other family. His plea for the community to attend the funeral quickly went viral.

But as Basco was dealing with the loss of his wife, a thief stole her SUV.

When police found it, the windshield the roof above it were smashed. The hood and front end were also damaged.

In a Facebook post, Vanessa Kondow, a towing dispatcher, said that Basco's SUV was stolen and wrecked Saturday night.

Kondow says Basco had just completely serviced and repaired the SUV before this incident.

In addition to the damaged to his SUV, Kudow said the thief also stole a pressure washing machine from Basco's trailer that he used for his mobile car washing business.

Police are investigating the theft.

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