The heartbroken husband of an El Paso mass shooting victim was left stunned when around hundreds of strangers attended her funeral.
Antonio Basco had only been expecting a handful of mourners to say goodbye to wife Margie Reckard, 63, one of 22 people killed in the Texas Walmart shooting.
But when he walked into La Paz Faith Memorial and Spiritual Center on Friday he was greeted by a packed crowd and a burst of applause.
Outside, another 700 people queued to pay their respects, many attending from around the USA.
Mr Basco, who has laid fresh flowers everyday since the shooting at a make-shift memorial outside Walmart, then spent around two hours being hugged and comforted from hundreds of people.
A visibly moved Mr Basco, who invited the public to attend because he has no surviving family, said the turnout had been “incredible”.
There were also around 900 floral tributes sent to the church from around the world.
They included bouquets from Dayton, Ohio, where another mass shooting took plays hours after the Walmart massacre.
One mourner, Hala Hijazi, said she made the journey all the way from San Francisco, the BBC reported.
She said: “It pierced into my heart and soul and made me book a flight to El Paso. We need to show when America is in pain, we are all in pain.”
“I didn’t want him to suffer alone. I didn’t want him to grieve alone,” she added.
“I thanked him for not just bringing El Paso together, but bringing the country together.
“I have never witnessed a human being as humble, as kind, as sweet, as pure of heart that I’ve ever met in my entire life.”
Mr Reckard’s grandson, Tyler, said: “People were telling me they came from different faiths, different cities.
“It’s just incredible how much love and support every single one of you has shown.”
Son Dean also paid tribute to his mother, saying she “always had a smile on her face,” CNN reported.
Drawing a comparison with the shooter, he said: “My mother loved everyone regardless of color, religion, politics or whatever.”
Alongside the flowers and tributes, a GoFundMe page created by the El Paso community to raise money for the funeral costs has raised over $31,500.
The service came a day after thousands of people packed into an El Paso baseball stadium to remember those who died on August 3.
“Words cannot express the heartbreak and loss our community has encountered,” El Paso Mayor Dee Margo told the crowd.
“Yet tonight all of the Paso del Norte region stands together to honor those taken from us. To grieve, comfort, and love one another as a united bi-national people.”
The memorial came 11 days after the attack, who police say drove hours to El Paso from a Dallas suburb, killing 22 people
and injured dozens more.
Shooting suspect Patrick Crusius, 21, said he was specifically targeting Mexicans, according to police.