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Murdered priest will be laid to rest Monday in Eureka

Published On: Jan 06 2014 09:16:11 AM CST

Photo: 2011 installation of Fr. Freed from the St. Bernard Church website

EUREKA, Calif. -

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.