WACO, Texas (KWTX) A decorated former Central Texas marine was honored and remembered Saturday afternoon after his life came to a tragic end just over a month ago.
A memorial was held for 32-year-old Matthew Randell Gurule at the Christ The King Church located on 4777 Lakeshore Dr.
Gurule was a decorated Marine who served four tours overseas, including two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, after he joined the Marie Corps in Waco in 2005.
He went missing on July 27th at the Isleta Casino in New Mexico, his current home, and on August 16th his body was found in a ditch.
According to Sheriff Parnell McNamara Gurule was robbed and murdered by a couple riding their motorcycle, who saw he was alone in his car.
Gurule was laid to rest at the Santa Fe National Cemetery last month, but his family decided to come back to his childhood home to hold another memorial and celbration of his life.
Officials from the area including Sheriff Parnell McNamara, Congressman Bill Flores, and Representative "Doc" Anderson were in attendance.
"I'm a very proud marine mom, and he gave me that right to say I'm a marine mom," says Matthew's mother Sandra Miller.
Miller was influential in helping police find her son's body and suspected killers.
Gurule a graduate from China Spring high school in 2004, was alwasys connected to Central Texas.
"We are going to miss him greatly but we know he is with the lord," says Miller.