Services scheduled for slain Central Texas Marine

Services will be held next week in New Mexico for Marine veteran Matthew Gurule, 32, a China Spring High School graduate. (Family photos)
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(KWTX) Services have been scheduled for decorated Marine veteran from Central Texas who was robbed and gunned down in New Mexico.

Detectives found the body of Matthew Gurule, 32, a China Spring High School graduate, on the night of Aug. 16 in a ditch south of Belen, N.M.

He was last seen on July 27 at the Isleta Resort and Casino in Albuquerque, N.M.

A Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 at the Rivera Funeral Home in Santa Fe, N.M.

Visitation is at 8 a.m. on Aug. 30 at Calvary Chapel in Belen, N.M., and a funeral service follows at 9 a.m.

Gurule will be laid to rest at 12:45 p.m. on Aug. 30 at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

A memorial service will also be held in Waco, but a decision about the time, date and place was still pending Friday.

Gurule, who served four tours of duty overseas including two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan after he joined the Marine Corps in 2005, was listening to music alone in his car on the side of the road near his home in Belen on July 27 when he was confronted, robbed and then shot to death, authorities said.

Authorities found his burned car later the same day in Valencia County, N.M.

Police arrested Francisco Gomez, 37, and his girlfriend Jeannine Willard, 45, on Aug. 10 after the two were seen using Gurule's credit cards around town.

Gomez is held without bond on a growing list of charges including murder, armed robbery, arson or negligent arson, assault with intent to commit a violent felony, aggravated battery, tampering with evidence, fraudulent use of a credit card, fraudulent transfer/receiving of a credit card and others including a bench warrant, according to Valencia County, N.M., Jail records.

During a hearing this week, a judge said Gomez had "an extraordinary, ongoing criminal history" and warrant history, many for failing to appear, and already had three felony cases and a misdemeanor case with violence pending.

Willard was released on Aug. 17 after posting $20,000 bond on charges including fraudulent use of a credit card, fraudulent transfer/receiving of a credit card, possession of methamphetamine, and bringing contraband into a prison, according to Valencia County Jail records.