Burial for Atlanta Marine killed in Belize set for Friday

Drew DeVoursney, the Marine veteran from Atlanta who was recently killed along with his Canadian girlfriend in Belize, will be buried during a special military ceremony at Nashville National Cemetery in Tennessee Friday morning.

Marines will participate in the ceremony. DeVoursney’s mother, Char, will be presented with a U.S. flag. And “Taps” will be performed. A memorial service will be held at a separate location later in the day in Nashville, where DeVoursney grew up and graduated from high school.

DeVoursney, 36, and Francesca Matus, 52, were missing for almost a week before a farmer found their bodies in his sugar cane field in Corozal, a small town in northern Belize near the Mexican border. They had been strangled, and police found them with tape on their wrists. The FBI has been assisting with the investigation.

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John Deshaies, the man Belize police have identified as a person of interest in their double-murder investigation, was released on bail last week on an unrelated theft charge, according to news reports. A Canadian national who rented space on the ground floor of Matus’ seaside home in Belize, Deshaies has denied involvement in the killings.