HURST (CBSDFW.COM) – A memorial was held Saturday for a Garland teacher and mother of two who police say was slain by her boyfriend in New Mexico last week.

Emily Lambert, 30, was remembered by friends and family at a memorial service in Hurst at St. Phillips Presbyterian Church in Hurst Saturday afternoon.

Lambert worked at O. Henry Elementary School, part of the Richardson Independent School District.

The educator’s disappearance and murder hit the O. Henry Elementary community hard.  The 2013-2014 school year was her first year as an instructor, teaching math and science to third-grade students.

Lambert leaves behind two young daughters. The father of the children, Lambert’s ex-husband Donovan Lambert, says she was a wonderful mother and devoted teacher.

The ex-spouses remained friends following their divorce, and lived down the street from each other in Lewisville, to be close to their daughters.

Donovan Lambert had planned a search party trip to Carlsbad to hand out missing person fliers until Lambert was found dead by police.

“We had everything set up,” he said. “We were going to find her.”

Police say her boyfriend, 33-year-old Robert Earley, admitted to killed Lambert after a fight in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Earley is being held on a $1 million bond, according to Eddy County authorities. He also faces tampering with evidence and fugitive from the state of Texas charges.

Lambert disappeared a week ago Saturday, after she was last seen a bar in Carlsbad. Her body was later found by police on a ranch in the nearby town of Loving.

Lambert traveled to New Mexico to visit Earley, who was working in an oil field there.

According to the arrest report, Earley initially made up a story about Lambert leaving the motel room the two were sharing in Carlsbad and running off with a truck driver.  He later admitted to getting into a physical fight with Lambert, hitting and kicking her in the mouth until she became unconscious.

Earley admitted to loading Lambert in his car, hitting her with an air pump and tying a rope around her neck when she regained consciousness and tried to fight with him again.

Earley also confessed to attaching one end of the rope to his car and dragging Lambert to the location where her body was found.  He said the two started arguing earlier in the day because someone made a pass at Lambert at a bar.

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