SMITHVILLE, Texas – A former Kosciusko County man is facing murder charges for allegedly killing his ex-wife Sunday in Smithville, Texas.

Austin, Texas, television station KXAN reported Matthew Gordin, 38, called 911 and admitted attacking Tracie Zuniga, 42. He surrendered without incident and was booked into the Bastrop County Jail.

Smithville police responded to a 911 call that led them to Zuniga’s home at 5:37 p.m. Sunday where they found her lying in the street,  bleeding heavily with severe injuries to her neck and throat, KXAN reported.

She was taken to the hospital where she died a short time later.





Zuniga’s neighbors told the television station they heard her scream and found a man stabbing Zuniga repeatedly.

A neighbor told KXAN, “We saw a lady just laying right in the ground, just flat on her back. Nobody had a warning. We couldn’t do anything ‘cause we were afraid you know, maybe, we were going to get hurt, too.”

The neighbor said they watched a “helpless woman die in the middle of the road right in front of her house.”

Another neighbor and witness to the attack said, “We thought he was trying to pick her up, but it was a knife going in and out of her again. I can’t help her because she’s bleeding. We need a rag, you know. We (were) all running like crazy.”

Smithville police confirmed to KXAN that the couple had been divorced for 11 months. The investigation is ongoing, and police said they’re not sure what prompted the attack.

Smithville Chief of Police Michael Maugere said the call came as a shock to local law enforcement because it had been four years since the city’s last homicide.

Smithville’s population as of 2016 was 4,218, according to the United States Census Bureau. The town is 45 miles southeast of Austin, Texas.

Zuniga was a mother of two daughters and a stepson. She also was a teacher.

“It’s very tragic,” Maugere told KXAN. “You could definitely tell that she was loved, she was a very special woman, and you know, (she) took care of her kids.”