Dealership Gifts El Paso Shooting Widower Antonio Basco New Car After His Was Stolen
A dealership gifted an El Paso widower a new car after his was stolen and destroyed on the day of his wife’s funeral.
Antonio Basco, whose wife was one of the 22 victims of the Walmart shooting, had his blue Ford Escape stolen and vandalized the day of the service. Thousands in the community attended the funeral as Basco had no other relatives.
ABC News reports that Casa Ford Lincoln, a local dealership, gifted the 61-year-old widower a brand new car.
“Honestly it started with our employees,” co-owner Ronnie Lowenfield told ABC News. “We have, I think, the most gracious and generous employees in the world.”
Once the car was in stock, the dealership asked Basco to come collect it.
“It was a very emotional moment for me when I got to hug him and he didn’t want to let go and neither did I,” Lowenfield added. “He just kept saying, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you.’”
“I just think that El Paso is a community of love. In the face of hate we respond with love,” Lowenfield concluded. “And love, I believe, will beget more love.”
Other good samaritan’s gave him gift cards and a power washer.