Catholic church remembers victim in Rio Hondo murder suicide

Father Larry Klein

Father Larry Klein of the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Harlingen had nothing but good things to say concerning Maricela Villareal.

She was a very kind person, a very warm person, said Klein. She always had a smile and a giggle."

Villareal was found dead in her bedroom Thursday night, presumedly shot by her boyfriend Jose Sanchez, who also turned the gun on himself.

A relative told Cameron County investigators Sanchez believed Villareal was cheating on him.

Working with Villareal at St. Anthony's Catholic School, Father Klein says he knew nothing of the sort.

"It's a tragedy, a great tragedy for us and we just have to leave it at that," said Klein.

A mother of three, Villareal will be sorely missed.

"She was a tremendous mother, said Klein. She cared deeply for her children and everyone felt mothered by her and that is what we need to remember her by."