Pete Gurule had an ear for music and a knack for promoting others on his radio show.

But it’s his selflessness many of his friends will miss most.

Gurule, a popular local radio disc jockey, massage therapist and father of two, was shot dead in his doorway early Monday morning, Santa Fe police said. Edwin Anaya, 33, was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree murder in the killing.

Gurule is the third homicide victim in the city since the beginning of the year.

Gurule, 40, spun tracks at KSFR-FM for 20 years, and friends and colleagues said he enjoyed talking about others’ work on air and around the bar, patio and house-party scenes.

“He was always really great at giving others the spotlight like, ‘Hey, let me feature you on this,’ or ‘Here, you take this gig tonight,’ ” said Jennifer Castro, a fellow DJ.

“Not a lot of DJs are like that. Once they get a gig, they tend to hoard it for themselves.”

Gurule, known to listeners as “DJ Phi,” described his multigenre KSFR show as something “for those still tuned in and seeking musical enlightenment heading towards the witching hour or chasing the sunrise.”

Listeners regularly tuned into Gurule’s show, Friday Night Mixx Fixx.

Gurule’s dedication to the show was real, friends say.

“At the end of 2006 there was a huge blizzard that buried Santa Fe. The station management sent out word that we shouldn’t bother coming in. But I was listening to the radio that night, and right at midnight I heard a voice say, ‘Hi, everybody, this is DJ Phi,’ ” recalled Steve Terrell, a former reporter at The New Mexican and a KSFR host. “Apparently he didn’t get the word about staying home. He was a little out of breath, but he braved the snow and bad roads and was ready to rock.”

Santa Fe police said officers found Anaya, who made the 911 call, after 2 a.m. off Rancho Siringo Road, where he was questioned and arrested.

Officers described Anaya, 33, as difficult to understand as he surrendered a handgun and admitted to shooting someone in self-defense.

Police believe Anaya and Gurule to be third or fourth cousins, according to the criminal complaint.

On Tuesday, a vehicle neighbors said belonged to Gurule remained in the driveway.

A substance that may have been blood could still be seen around the front doorway of the house where the shooting took place.

For those who knew Gurule, it was a sad end to a life filled with sound.

“He was very quick-witted and good on the air,” Castro said. “But he really liked to let his music do the talking.”

(14) comments

CA Frye

Dearest Amber & Family, I am so deeply sorry. Please let me know if I can do anything. Feel free to reach out, always. Pete and you all will be in my prayers. Much Love to You, Claire Frye rainbows@cybermesa.com

Carl Friedrichs

I am saddened by Pete’s untimely death. I knew Pete and he was a wonderful guy. His kids will have to grow up without him.There are a lot of broken hearts with his loss. I’m going to say a prayer for his family. Rest in peace Pete

Mary Rives

This is for Christina Mon:

Hi Christina. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I know the pain of losing a brother tragically. The best way to reach me is to friend me on FB then I can DM you directions to Pete's arroyo shrive and/or we can exchange our other contact info.

Mary Rives

I too am saddened and shocked by this senseless loss of Pete's life due to gun violence. What is not mentioned in the article is that Pete leaves behind two beautiful young boys who have been robbed of having their dad for the rest of their lives. I went on a memorial hike for Pete and created a shrine along an arroyo. If you would like to walk there, you are welcome to make an offering in the form of a prayer, natural object, words, etc. Contact me if you would like directions to Pete's shrine. Thank you. ~mary

Christina Mon

Hello Mary, I'm Pete's sister, Christina. Thank you for creating this shrine in memory of Pete, my family and I are grateful that you are doing this to keep his memory alive. We would love to visit sometime. Please let me know the best way to get in contact with you to get directions. -Christina

Mary Rives

Christina, I'm so glad I saw your comment so you and your loved ones can make a visit to Pete's arroyo shrine. I want to give you my contact info but I can't post any links here. Will you please try to find me on FB and we can DM and take it from there? I'm so deeply sorry for the tragic loss of your dear brother. (I know it all too well) MARY

Christina Mon

Hello Mary, I'm Pete's sister, Christina. Thank you for creating this shrine in memory of Pete, my family and I are grateful that you are doing this to keep his memory alive. We would love to visit sometime. Please let me know the best way to get in contact with you to get the directions. - Christina

Mary Rives

Dear Web Editor,

I am trying to respond to the sister of the man who was murdered, Pete Gurule, in your article about the tragic ending of his life on MLK Day. Pete's sister, Christina, responded to my comment and would like to reach me so I can give her directions to Pete's shrine I created. Since I do not want my contact info public, I tried to submit my fb page, but the comment will not load. Please advise as to how you can help us reach one another.

I wish to send her this:

Hi Christina. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I know the pain of losing a brother tragically. The best way to reach me is to friend me on FB then I can DM you directions and/or we can exchange our other contact info.

christopher quintana

I would like to know the location of arroyo and shrine.

Maggie Moore

I’m so saddened by this loss and the violent end to Pete’s life. He was kind, passionate and generous and we will remember him with love and light. My deepest condolences to his family and his beautiful children.

Keith McKenna

I would also like to note this tragic violence occurred on MLK day. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr , Pete Gurule and countless other victims of gun violence—- I ask us all to take a stand to be non violent towards others and our selves.

Maggie Moore

Keith, you make an excellent point on gun violence-we need to disarm and embrace non-violence. I love you brother

Keith McKenna

Deeply saddened. Pete was a brilliant, kind and generous soul brother. He was a loving father, highly skillful massage therapist Music aficionado and DJ. ( i was his guest dj on that blizzard of 2006 night! Ha, I was helping him carry records with snow up to our waist). He was a good friend and shining light to the community and will be sorely missed. Onwards and upwards brother

John Auletta

So sad. Pete was a wonderful person, with a big heart and a passion for dance music. He will be sorely missed.

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