Strangers, touched by Marine’s death, plan burial

February 11, 2014 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The 60-year-old retired Marine Corps helicopter mechanic had no close family and lived alone in Santa Fe. He died alone, too, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

But strangers, some touched by what they found in Eloy Timothy Tafoya’s apartment, came together to organize a burial with military honors.

Tafoya was last been seen on Dec. 31. He was found dead in his apartment on Jan. 23 after he hadn’t paid his rent or picked up his mail, the Santa Fe New Mexican ( ) reported.

The apartment was filled with memorabilia from Tafoya’s 20-year Marine Corps career. His passport, military ID, driver’s license and Social Security card were arranged carefully on a small table draped in black cloth.

In the center of the table was a clipping of a 2013 newspaper story with the headline, “Program ensures that no veteran ‘dies alone.’ ”

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