The streets of downtown Santa Fe shut down temporarily Tuesday to make way for the funeral procession of a reclusive former Marine who died alone in his home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Retired Sgt. Eloy Timothy Tafoya was described as a “loner” by the few people who knew him. But his tragic death by his own hand in a Santa Fe apartment in January struck a chord with dozens of people who gathered at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in the veteran’s honor.

The funeral itself — which included dozens of uniformed military and police personnel, a motorcycle brigade, a 21-gun salute, bagpipers from the Santa Fe Police Department and a drummer from Santa Clara Pueblo — was pulled together by people from a specialty cleaning company and a funeral home who had never heard of Tafoya until they were called to clean up after his death, which was discovered Jan. 23.