The beloved priest who was murdered New Year's day in Eureka was laid to rest today.
This, as the Humboldt County Coroner released results of an autopsy ... showing that Reverend Eric Freed was beaten to death with a wooden stake and a metal gutter pipe.
According to the Associated Press, Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills says the attacker broke in a side window of the rectory at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Meanwhile the suspect, Gary Lee Bullock, was arraigned today on charges of murder, burglary and arson.
Authorities have said Bullock was released from jail on a disorderly conduct charge several hours before the break-in and slaying.
The jail is just a few blocks from the church.###