Another member of the Kennedy political dynasty reportedly has their eyes on a Senate seat.
The 38-year-old Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy III — the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy – is considering a primary challenge in 2020 against the 73-year-old incumbent Democratic Senator Ed Markey, the New York Times reported Saturday.
The paper cited a Democratic official who said Kennedy would decide on a campaign in the coming weeks. A Kennedy primary challenge would undoubtedly draw national attention to the primary.
The 38-year-old Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy III — the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy – is considering a primary challenge in 2020 against the 73-year-old incumbent Democratic Senator Ed Markey. (Getty)
He would be the fourth Kennedy to serve in the Senate. In addition to his grandfather, his great-uncles John F. Kennedy, the former president, and Ted Kennedy also were elected to the Senate.
Markey’s campaign told the New York Times that the incumbent still plans to run for re-election, regardless of what Kennedy decides. “Ed is not going anywhere,” Markey adviser Paul Tencher said. “He’s going to run, and he’s going to run no matter who is in this race.”
In recent days, there have been signs that Kennedy, who delivered the Democratic rebuttal to President Trump’s State of the Union last year, is interested in the seat.
Politico reported the existence of a July telephone poll in Massachusetts of a hypothetical Markey-Kennedy race. Then, a “Jump in, Joe!” group of Kennedy supporters launched a website and a Facebook group earlier this week.
“He has energy, courage, integrity, and progressive ideas,” the website for the group says. “The United States Senate needs a bench of proactive, progressive leaders to counter the divisive tactics of Senator Mitch McConnell and his Republican Party. We believe the United States Senate needs Joe Kennedy III.”
North Korea said Saturday that leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear negotiations and their joint military exercises.
Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, said that following Friday’s launches, Kim expressed “great satisfaction” over his military’s “mysterious and amazing success rates” in recent testing activity and vowed to build up “invincible military capabilities no one dare provoke.” The report did not mention any specific comment about the United States or South Korea.
In this Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, photo provided Saturday, Aug. 17, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, watches the test firing of an unspecified new weapon at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea on Saturday said leader Kim supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon that extended a streak of weapons demonstrations seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear negotiations and their joint military exercises. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
The launches were North Korea’s sixth round of tests since late July that revealed developments of a new rocket artillery system and two separate short-range mobile ballistic missile systems that experts say would expand its ability to strike targets throughout South Korea, including U.S. bases there.
KCNA did not describe what Friday’s weapons were or how they performed, but said that the tests were successful and strengthened the military’s confidence in the reliability of the system.
North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper published photos that showed what appeared to be a missile soaring from a launcher installed on a vehicle and striking what appeared to be a coastal target. Kim is seen jubilantly raising his fist while celebrating with military officials.
“(Kim) said everyone should remember that it is the (ruling) party’s core plan and unwavering determination to build a powerful force strong enough to discourage any forces from daring to provoke us and to leave any opponent defenseless against our Juche weapons of absolute power even in situations of physical clashes,” KCNA said, referring to the North’s national ideology of self-reliance.
This Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, photo provided Saturday, Aug. 17, by the North Korean government, shows test firings of an unspecified new weapon at an undisclosed location in North Korea. North Korea on Saturday said leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon that extended a streak of weapons demonstrations seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear negotiations and their joint military exercises. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
In a separate statement on Saturday, KCNA berated the ongoing U.S.-South Korea military drills as an invasion rehearsal that compels North Korea to constantly develop “powerful physical means and their deployment for an actual war.”
The United States has downsized its major military exercises with South Korea and halted dispatches of strategic assets such as long-range bombers and aircraft carriers to the region since the first summit between Kim and President Donald Trump last year. But North Korea says even the smaller drills violate agreements between the leaders.
South Korea’s military said earlier that two projectiles launched from the North’s eastern coast flew about 230 kilometers (143 miles) before landing in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. The U.S. and South Korean militaries were analyzing the launches but didn’t immediately say whether the weapons were ballistic missiles or rocket artillery.
Experts say Trump’s repeated downplaying of the North’s recent launches allow the country more room to intensify its testing activity and advance its short-range weaponry while it seeks to build leverage ahead of nuclear negotiations with Washington, which could resume after the end of the military drills later this month.
The U.S. envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, will visit Japan and South Korea early next week for talks on how to “further strengthen coordination on the final, fully verified denuclearization” of North Korea, the U.S. State Department said.
North Korea has ignored South Korean calls for dialogue recently and is seen as trying to force Seoul to make stronger efforts to coax major concessions from Washington on its behalf.
Moon said in a televised speech on Thursday that momentum for dialogue remains alive despite the series of “worrying actions taken by North Korea recently” and called for Pyongyang to choose “economic prosperity over its nuclear program.”
The spokesperson also criticized South Korea’s recent acquisition of advanced U.S.-made fighter jets and said it would be “senseless” for Moon to believe that inter-Korean dialogue will automatically begin after the end of the U.S.-South Korean drills.
The North had recently said it would talk only with Washington and not Seoul, and that inter-Korean dialogue won’t resume unless the South offers a “plausible excuse” on why it keeps hosting military drills with the United States. Seoul’s Unification Ministry, which deals with inter-Korean affairs, criticized the North Korean statement, saying it wouldn’t help efforts to improve relations.
Sutherland released his new album in April and started his tour back in May with a concert in Austin, Texas.
“Music was something that I became really seriously attached to as a really young person because I had an older brother who I idolized and he was the biggest music fan in the world,” he told People magazine in 2016.
“I just wanted to be exactly like him. I made the joke that I was probably the only third grader that was listening to Aerosmith, so country music was not the music that I certainly grew up on,” he said.
Sutherland released his first album, “Down in a Hole,” in 2016.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is warning of an economic crash if he loses reelection, arguing that even voters who personally dislike him should base their ballots on the nation’s strong growth and low unemployment rate.
But privately, Trump is growing increasingly worried the economy won’t look so good come Election Day.
The financial markets signaled the possibility of a U.S. recession this week, sending a jolt of anxiety to investors, companies and consumers. That’s on top of concerns over Trump’s plans to impose punishing tariffs on goods from China and word from the United Kingdom and Germany that their economies are shrinking.
Though a pre-election recession here is far from certain, a downturn would be a devastating blow to the president, who has made a strong economy his central argument for a second term. Trump advisers fear a weakened economy would hurt him with moderate Republican and independent voters who have been willing to give him a pass on some his incendiary policies and rhetoric. And White House economic advisers see few options for reversing course should the economy start to slip.
Trump has taken to blaming others for the recession fears, mostly the Federal Reserve, which he is pushing for further interest rate cuts. Yet much of the uncertainty in the markets stems from his own escalation of a trade war with China, as well as weakened economies in key countries around the world.
Some of Trump’s closest advisers have urged him to lower the temperature of the trade dispute, fearing that further tariffs would only hurt American consumers and rattle the markets further. The president blinked once this week, delaying a set of tariffs in an effort to save Christmas sales.
Aides acknowledge it is unclear what steps the White House could take to stop a downturn. Trump’s 2017 tax cut proved so politically unpopular that many Republicans ran away from it during last year’s midterms. And a new stimulus spending program could spark intraparty fighting over big deficits.
The hope among administration officials is that a mix of wage gains and consumer spending will power growth through 2020. Yet Trump knows his own survival hinges on voters believing that he alone can prolong the economy’s decade-plus expansion.
“You have no choice but to vote for me because your 401(k), everything is going to be down the tubes,” the president said at a Thursday rally in New Hampshire. “Whether you love me or hate me, you’ve got to vote for me.”
Trump has spent much of the week at his New Jersey golf club, many of his mornings on the links, his afternoons watching cable television and his evenings calling confidants and business executives to get their take on the market’s volatility.
Though he has expressed private worries about Wall Street, he is also skeptical about some of the weaker economic indicators, wondering if the media and establishment figures are manipulating the data to make him look bad, according to two Republicans close to the White House, not authorized to discuss private conversations.
His skepticism has been reinforced by White House officials who have long been inclined to only show Trump rosier economic assessments.
Amid the market turmoil this week, the president tweeted out defenses of his economic record.
He blasted the Fed for not cutting interest rates deeper, under the belief that sharper cuts would lead to more lending activity and make the U.S. dollar more competitive against foreign currencies. The president also highlighted the strength of consumer spending — as retail sales have jumped 3.4% from a year ago.
Yet his focus on the Fed may be counterproductive.
The Federal Reserve voted last month to trim rates for the first time since 2008, a step taken to insulate the economy against trade uncertainty. But consumers interpreted that as a precautionary move ahead of a downturn rather than as part of an effort to keep the economy growing, according to the University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment survey released Friday.
Consumer confidence has dropped 6.4% since July. The pessimism could worsen if the Fed decides to slash rates in accordance with Trump’s wishes.
“Additional cuts in interest rates would act to increase consumer apprehensions about a potential recession,” said Richard Curtin, director of the survey.
One sector already suffering this year is manufacturing, the very industry that Trump pledged to revive and fortify with his tariffs. Factory output has fallen 0.5% during the past 12 months, the Fed said Thursday.
There are a few steps the government could take to help manufacturing and the economy, said Linda Dempsey, vice president of international economic affairs at the National Association of Manufacturers.
Congress could approve the updated trade agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico — which would protect the North American supply chain. Secondly, the government could renew the soon-to-expire charter for the Export-Import Bank. But reconciling the situation with China is tricky because it involves negotiations between two countries with competing interests.
“That requires two sides — it’s not something the United States and our own political environment can deal with,” Dempsey said.
Most economists — including Fed officials — still expect the economy to grow this year, just at a slower pace than last year’s 2.9%.
A senior White House official said the growth in the second quarter this year was artificially low because of unusually bad weather and problems at Boeing that hurt aircraft production. Thus the baseline economy might be stronger than many forecasters think.
Financial markets on Wednesday pointed to a possible downturn as the interest rate charged on a 10-year U.S. Treasury note fell below the rate on a 2-year note. That event has traditionally foreshadowed a recession. But the Trump official said it might have lost its predictive power because of the low rates and other policies of central banks worldwide.
But the falling rates on U.S. Treasury notes indicates that the recession countdown clock is now ticking, said Scott Anderson, chief economist at Bank of the West.
The only challenge is figuring out when that alarm bell might ring.
“I think we’re heading down that road to recession — we’re on that steady march toward that inevitable conclusion,” Anderson said. “It’s just that drip, drip, drip of trade war anxiety that is hanging over market sentiment.”
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At rallies and on Twitter, the president has renewed calls for voter ID laws, revisited unproven claims that a large number of people voted fraudulently and signaled that, until those issues are resolved, other pending election measures are going nowhere.
“It’s also time for Democrats to join with us to protect the sacred integrity of our elections by supporting voter ID,” Trump said to robust applause in Manchester.
Days earlier, Trump wrote in a tweet that no other election security measures pending in Washington should move forward unless voter ID laws are addressed first. Voter ID laws have drawn sharp opposition from Democrats and good government groups who note voter fraud is uncommon and say requiring IDs can disenfranchise some voters.
“No debate on Election Security should go forward without first agreeing that Voter ID must play a very strong part in any final agreement,” Trump posted on Twitter this week.
Trump’s latest claims echo those he made in 2017, when he explained his popular vote loss to Clinton by repeatedly suggesting millions of people voted fraudulently for his Democratic opponent. The president never provided evidence for the claim, which drew pointed push back from both Republican and Democrat state election officials.
He raised a similar argument Thursday as he traveled to New Hampshire.
“New Hampshire should have been won last time, except we had a lot of people come in at the last moment, which was a rather strange situation,” Trump told reporters before the rally. “Thousands and thousands of people coming in from locations unknown.”
Neither Trump nor his aides have ever backed up that claim.
No debate on Election Security should go forward without first agreeing that Voter ID (Identification) must play a very strong part in any final agreement. Without Voter ID, it is all so meaningless!
Trump created a commission in 2017 to study the issue of voter fraud but abandoned it months later amid internal disputes and rebukes from state election officials. Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, a Democrat who served on the disbanded commission, later wrote that the panel’s evidence of voter fraud was “glaringly empty.”
The president appeared to put the issue on a back-burner for a while.
The latest reincarnation of his claims come as Democrats are pressing Senate Republicans to take up a series of provisions they say will improve voting systems. The Democratic-led House approved legislation in June to require states to have paper ballot backups. The measure also requires voting systems to be manufactured in the U.S.
Democrats initiated the effort in response to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in April. In it, Mueller wrote that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 election in a “sweeping and systematic fashion.” Noting the measure received only one Republican vote on the House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed the bill as a partisan effort intended to “to rewrite all kinds of the rules of American politics.”
Thirty-five states, including New Hampshire, have some form of voter ID law in place, according to a National Conference of State Legislatures review earlier this year. Those laws are wide ranging: Some require a photo ID; others allow poll workers to vouch for a voter, or let a voter sign an affidavit of identity if they don’t come to the polls with an ID.
“Republicans in 2011 did it with the express purpose of driving down voter turnout,” said Jay Heck, the longtime executive director of Common Cause Wisconsin, where Trump won in 2016 with just under 23,000 votes.
Max Feldman, counsel for the voting rights and election program at the Brennan Center for Justice, said that voter ID laws are more harmful than the problem of voter fraud that supporters say they are attempting to fix. Since the disputed 2000 election, government and private investigations have found no substantial voter fraud.
“As we get closer and closer to the 2020 election this issue and the attempt to gin up false concern about in-person voter fraud will have greater and greater salience,” Feldman said. “It’s critical that people understand that in-person voter fraud has not proven to be a significant problem in our elections.”
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican ally of Trump’s, initially questioned the president’s claim of mystery voters after the 2016 election. But Sununu, who attended the Trump rally on Thursday, went on to sign laws that tightened voter eligibility in New Hampshire. One requires residents who move there within a month of an election to document that they intend to stay.
Trump and others say Americans are used to pulling out their IDs. Studies on the impact the laws have on disenfranchisement have drawn mixed conclusions.
“The idea that requiring an ID is somehow voter suppression is truly one of the strangest falsehoods ever perpetuated by the Democratic Party,” Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a Texas Republican and Trump ally, posted on Twitter this week. “It defies logic for any normal American who uses their ID. Every. Single. Day.”
Opponents of the laws acknowledge that for many Americans, that is true. But, they said, that’s not the case for everybody. For now, groups like Common Cause are spending much of their effort trying to ensure that people obtain an ID needed to vote.
“There are people who are properly registered in this state who, through no fault of their own, have no ID and may have problems getting one,” said Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause North Carolina. “It’s regrettable that voting has become almost a partisan issue.”
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For a short period of time, before Lindsey Vonn dedicated her life to skiing, she wanted to be a figure skater.
“I was awful,” Vonn told USA TODAY in an interview Thursday for her foundation’s Strong Girls Camp. “So my parents pulled me out of it.”
Now retired after winning three Olympic medals, including downhill gold, and becoming the only American woman to win four overall World Cup titles, Vonn is back on the ice. But this time, it’s in hockey skates.
The 34-year-old has been helping her boyfriend, NHL star P.K. Subban, train this summer. She said she serves as an “extra set of hands on the ice,” often recording his workouts or holding a bungee cord to provide resistance while he skates.
When asked about her skills with a stick and a puck, Vonn jokes that she isn’t great but knows it’s unreasonable to compare herself to her three-time NHL All-Star boyfriend. She didn’t come in completely blind though — the U.S. ski team used to play hockey and do skating drills for conditioning when she was a teenager.
“I know what it’s like to be an athlete, obviously. I want to support him in any way that I can,” Vonn said. “I really love watching him be so dedicated, it makes me feel good.”
Vonn is embarking on her own transition as she tries to get used to retirement.
When she first hung up her skis, she said it was a weird adjustment to wake up each morning without a singular goal to work towards. Since she was 9 years old, her life revolved around her dream to become the best skier in the world. Now she finds herself in an unfamiliar chapter.
“I need to continue to have goals and, you know, overcome obstacles and challenge myself,” said Vonn, who has 82 World Cup victories, the second-most all time. “I need to find what I’m passionate about now in this next chapter and continue to set goals like I do in ski racing. And I think, in time, I’ll get used to it.”
As she ventures to find those new passions, Vonn has kept herself quite busy. She’s currently finishing her memoir set to come out in February, continuing to grow her foundation with camps to mentor young girls and is in the works of launching a beauty line. Back in her skiing days, Vonn was often made fun of by teammates for wearing makeup in competition, so now she is turning that into her own business.
“The beauty (line) is kind of a no-brainer for me. I’ve always been passionate about beauty, but I think the other part, like business and behind the camera, in front of the camera, you know there are a lot of other opportunities out there,” Vonn said. “I don’t know yet what I’ll be good at. But I wanted to do some exploring and see where everything takes me.”
And when she’s missing the competitive edge of sports, she knows just where to turn to. It isn’t the slopes, but the ice rink.
“I enjoy being in that athletic environment. Even though I’m not competing anymore, I still like being around people who are so focused and determined, and PK has been working so hard.”
“I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing,” she added.
From left: Peter Fonda, father Henry Fonda, and Jane Fonda, circa 1963. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Peter, a fellow actor who co-wrote and starred in the seminal 1960s counterculture film “Easy Rider,” was 79 when he died on Friday morning at his Los Angeles home after suffering respiratory failure due to lung cancer.
In a statement obtained by Fox News, Fonda’s family said — “In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy.”
“And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life. In honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom,” the statement added.
Carolina Panthers’ safety Eric Reid slammed rapper Jay-Z as “despicable” Friday night after rumors swirled that the once supporter of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick would be part-owner of an NFL team, adding that the Roc Nation founder had no grounds to suggest that players were “past kneeling” during the national anthem.
Following a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, Reid continued to blast the music mogul’s newly announced partnership with the league aimed at strengthening the “community through music and the NFL’s Inspire Change initiative.”
Reid, who was the first teammate of Kaepernick to kneel during the national anthem in the 2016 season, was addressing a recent TMZ report that claimed Jay-Z is set to have a “significant ownership interest” in a team “in the near future.”
Carolina Panthers’ Eric Reid (25) kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)
“Jay-Z claimed to be a supporter of Colin, wore his jersey, told people not to perform at the Superbowl because of the treatment that the NFL did to Colin and now he’s going to be a part owner? It’s kind of despicable,” he told reporters inside the locker room.
Reid initially took issue with the partnership on Twitter where he questioned the timing of the announcement because of the recent controversy over Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross hosting a fundraiser for President Trump.
He accused the NFL in a tweet Thursday of getting to “hide behind his (Jay-Z’s) black face” to cover up “blackballing” Kaepernick.
He doubled down on this sentiment Friday night: “For Jay- Z to come in and partner to address social justice, do it behind Colin’s back, get paid to do it and now he has a stake in an NFL team is just, I don’t have words.”
“When has Jay-Z ever taken a knee to come out and tell us we’re past kneeling? Yes, he’s done a lot of great work, a lot of great social justice work, but for you to get paid to go into an NFL press conference and say that we’re past kneeling, again, asinine.”
Reid and Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL stating that owners were “blackballing” them because they decided to kneel during the national anthem. Reid signed with the Panthers in the middle of last season and the grievance was settled in February.
The Panthers went on to lose Friday’s preseason game against the bills 27 -14. They will go on to play the New England Patriots Thursday night.
Across from him, Reckard’s grandson Tyler fell into the embrace of family as he was overwhelmed with emotion.
Reckard was Basco’s “angel,” his only family, his wife. Every day they spent together was a blessing, he said. Their time together ended Aug. 3 when she was killed during a rampage seemingly fueled by hate. An alleged shooter, a 21-year old white male from a Dallas-area neighborhood drove to an El Paso Walmart to kill Hispanics, according to a police affidavit. With a legally purchased assault rifle, he killed 22 and injured 25.
Left without her, Basco remains uncertain of his near future but has found support from his community. With no other family, he called for the community to join him in saying goodbye.
During a prayer service for Reckard at La Paz Faith Center n Central El Paso, Basco was engulfed in love and support. The packed church holds about 500 and there was about triple that number outside. Flowers for Reckard came from all over the world.
He entered the center to applause as he made his way around the pews. Hugged by many, he smiled.
Bishop Harrison Johnson of the Praise Temple Full Gospel Baptist Church said, look at all the friends you have, which El Pasoans clapped and cheered, some shouting, “we care.”
“El Paso, we can’t stop walking through the storm,” Johnson said. “This will not define us. Be strong in the lord.”
Reckard’s family from Nebraska made their way to Friday’s service. They were also hugged and welcomed by the community as attendees walked into the center.
Martha Miller, who is part of Reckard’s extended family, said “I’ve never had so many people welcome like this before.”
“This is just amazing,” Miller said.
Quickly, a line formed out of the center’s doors as thousands continued to attend the service. Some waiting two hours in line.
The line wrapped around the building and up into the neighborhood. Residents drove all around looking for parking.
“We may not feel his complete loss but we’re with him,” said El Paso native Rosie Armendariz, who waited in line. “It shows how much love we have.”
“This might be a glimpse of heaven,” El Pasoan Linda Misenhimer said of the service. “I can only imagine.”
The La Paz Faith Center had a sweet floral fragrance stemming from the 500 orders of flowers from all over the world. Reckard’s service was peppered with the flowers from Norway, Australia and from all over the United States.
Salvador Perches, the owner of Perches Funeral Home, said the number of people who attended the service and the amount of flowers were overwhelming. He did not expect to see so many people attend the service, he added.
Her heartbroken partner of 22 years, Antonio Basco, invited the public to her funeral services, saying he had no direct relatives or family members.
Mourners wait in line, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, for the memorial services in El Paso, Texas, of Margie Reckard, 63, who was killed by a gunman who opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso earlier in the month. (AP)
On Friday morning, hundreds of people from all over the country – including from Dayton, Ohio, the site of a mass shooting less than a day after the attack in El Paso – filled up the La Paz Faith Memorial & Spiritual Center. A line snaked around the church and on the blocks beyond.
“I arrived here this morning,” Jordan Ballard, a 38-year-old Los Angeles resident who bought a plane ticket after learning of the Texas man’s invitation. “His story moved me.”
Antonio Basco, companion of Margie Reckard, sits next to a wreath honoring her during her funeral at La Paz Faith Memorial & Spiritual Center, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. (AP)
Alicia Solomon Clark, a professional singer from Santa Fe, N.M., drove six hours and stood in the visitation line for two hours because she had a message for Basco.
“I am here to tell Mr. Basco for every crazy but there are thousands of us that love him,” the 61-year-old told the New York Times.
A Buzzfeed reporter tweeted that there were more than 700 people in attendance.
<img src="https://a57.foxnews.com/static.foxnews.com/foxnews.com/content/uploads/2019/08/640/320/AP19229068264622.jpg?ve=1&tl=1" alt="When Basco arrived, people shouted blessings in English and Spanish. Before entering the funeral home, someone gave him a gift that appeared to be an El Paso t-shirt. “>
When Basco arrived, people shouted blessings in English and Spanish. Before entering the funeral home, someone gave him a gift that appeared to be an El Paso t-shirt.<br data-cke-eol=”1″> (AP)
When Basco arrived, people shouted blessings in English and Spanish. Before entering the funeral home, someone gave him a gift that appeared to be an El Paso t-shirt.
“I love y’all, man,” he said, before breaking down.
Tyler Reckard is comforted during funeral services for his grandmother Margie Reckard, who was killed in a mass shooting earlier in the month, at La Paz Faith Memorial & Spiritual Center Friday. (AP)
As the line continued to swell, Basco came back out to thank attendees personally for coming. He appeared overwhelmed that strangers were running toward him to show love and offer condolences.
“This is amazing,” he said, according to the Times.
Moments later, mariachis walked through the crowd singing “Amor Eterno,” the 1984 ballad by the late Juan Gabriel, which has become an anthem for El Paso following the shooting. Some attendees sang along. Others sobbed and got out of line.
People gather at La Paz Faith Memorial & Spiritual Center, to offer condolences to the family of Margie Reckard during her funeral Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Reckard was killed during the mass shooting on Aug. 3.(AP Photo/Jorge Salgado)