Murdered priest will be laid to rest Monday in Eureka
The Humboldt County priest found murdered in a church rectory will be laid to rest in Monday in Eureka.
Father Eric Freed, 56, will be remembered at a funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Eureka. The Mass starts at 11:30 a.m., followed by burial at St. Bernard's Cemetery. Following that, everyone is invited to the parish hall at St. Bernard's Church.
Police said 43-year-old Gary Lee Bullock killed the priest during a violent struggle. Freed's body was found New Year's morning at the rectory where Freed lived.
Bullock had been released from jail hours earlier for public intoxication. A security guard later encountered Bullock near the church in the earlier morning hours of New Year's Day and asked him to leave.
Authorities have not determined a motive.
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