Services have been scheduled for a couple found slain in a burned-out mobile home near Ewing, Neb., last month.

The funeral Mass for Gabino Alex Vargas Granillo is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. today at St. Peter Catholic Church, 2706 Leavenworth St. in Omaha, according to Good Shepherd Funeral Home, which is handling the services.

The funeral for Victoria Lee Vargas is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Missouri Valley Christian Church, 119 N. Fourth St. in Missouri Valley, Iowa, according to Hennessey Aman Funeral Home, which is handling services there.

Nebraska authorities did not release their bodies until last week, said Don Lee of Missouri Valley, the father of Victoria Vargas. Both were cremated; their ashes will be buried in Missouri Valley and Hildago, Mexico, where Alex Vargas’ family lives, Lee said.

Authorities say the newlyweds were shot Dec. 8 before the mobile home was set ablaze. The bodies were found Dec. 9.

Matthew Hinrichsen of Ewing, an ex-boyfriend of Victoria Vargas, has been arrested and charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and using a firearm to commit a felony, and one count of first-degree arson, according to court documents. Hinrichsen is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 30.

Hinrichsen, 33, is being held at the Madison County Jail without bail, said Antelope County Sheriff Bob Moore. The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting.

Victoria Vargas was elected to the Missouri Valley City Council at age 18 and had served as a page in the Iowa Senate. On Dec. 31, on what would have been her 26th birthday, the Iowa Capitol’s flag was lowered in her honor. That flag was to be presented to Victoria’s family Tuesday night at Missouri Valley’s City Council meeting, Lee said.

Lee said his daughter aspired to join the military and become an Air Force lawyer.

After her election to the City Council in 2006, Victoria told The World-Herald she became interested in law and politics as a child while watching the O.J. Simpson trial on TV.

“I sat there and thought about Judge (Lance) Ito and was like, ‘Yeah, maybe one day I’ll be a judge,’” she said. “Law and politics in general fascinated me.”

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