Devine woman charged in neighbor's slaying

Apr 28, 2008 Full story: MySA.com 29

“I don't know what possessed her”

Devine Trailer Park residents are in shock over a dispute among neighbors Sunday night that ended with the death of a popular longtime tenant and a murder charge against a new arrival. via MySA.com

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spider from medina county

United States

#1 Apr 30, 2008
i hope that this want a be lady gets life in prison. i know if it would have been anyone else that is what would happen. i feel sorry for her family haveing to spend thirty-seven years with her. i hope you guy will put this on tv so that the families of her and the GREAT MAN JAMES "RED" LONG will know some one still cares and i knew him personaliy. he was a great person to be around, party with, and go hunting. if there was any way i would like to let him know that medina county will miss him and we love him as well.
old friend

Saint Peters, MO

#2 May 1, 2008
I knew Red when I was in high school and a little beyond. His girlfriend at that time and I both had our daughters six weeks apart. He was a sweet fun loving guy who didn't deserve to go this way. My heart breaks for his daughter and the rest of his family.
Good Friend

United States

#3 May 2, 2008
My husband and I new Red very well. We just couldn't believe this when we heard about it. Unfortunatly we didn't hear about it until after the funeral. We regretabley missed saying good-bye. Our hearts go out to his family and kids. I can't think of anyone who was a better father. I remember him always helping out at the school. Once he even dressed in tights for a play he was playing in with his kids. Wow, what a DAD. Those children were robbed of having such a special person in their lives. He was so proud of his children . Always pulling out pictures to show everyone. He was a person who loved life, could really make you laugh, and was always willing to help.
Eighteen years ago we use to sit at the car wash in Devine in that truck he loved so much. All the many hours of fun we all had just hangging out. Of course he still had the truck. It's saddening to drive by and just see it sitting there without Red behind the wheel. We will miss your since of humor,your chuckle, your kindness, and friendship.
God Bless you and your Loved ones you've left behind.
Tammy Koenig

Austin, TX

#4 May 7, 2008
Thank you ALL for your kind words. Our family certainly appreciates hearing from you. I just stumbled on this forum, and think it is great! We will miss him too, and all hope the murderer gets what she deserves. I hope the scum is proud of herself taking the life of a blind man who was ambushed and couldn't see it coming. We all pray she will get what's coming to her.

Thank you again!
Joi Adams Stroud

AOL

#5 May 7, 2008
Red was one of my first friends in Devine when I moved there. I met him and Paul at the carwash and it was history then. We became great friends. He was always there for me through the time I went through with my separation from my ex husband. He ALWAYS made me laugh! I threw ice on hiim one time joking and he ambushed me along with a friend of his at the carwash. They both got me!
I just found out about it and I am so very sorry for what happend. But think about it this way.......FATHER GOD and HIS angels will be in stiches from Red making them laugh so much!
My prayers are with his family and children !
Rest in peace my good friend!
Joi Adams Stroud
Tammy Koenig

Austin, TX

#6 May 8, 2008
To all of my nephew's (Red's) good friends, please ask anyone that you know to post their comments about him here. My plan is to let the Medina County prosecutor know just how many people Red touched through out his life. This is just the forum to accomplish that task.
Thank you all!
Joi Adams Stroud

AOL

#7 May 8, 2008
Tammy Koenig wrote:
To all of my nephew's (Red's) good friends, please ask anyone that you know to post their comments about him here. My plan is to let the Medina County prosecutor know just how many people Red touched through out his life. This is just the forum to accomplish that task.
Thank you all!
Tammy,
If there is anyway I can help. PLEASE let me know! I loved him, he helped me through a bad time in my life. Made me forget and laugh. Where was Red burried? I live north of dallas and havent seen him since 99 when I moved from devine. so please, keep me posted on what is going on. If i think right that skank worked at charlies at one time. If you want my email address let me know ok? God bless you and your family!!
Tammy Koenig

Austin, TX

#8 May 8, 2008
Joi,

We buried him in Luling. That is where all of our family members have been laid to rest. His Mom has a plot there beside his sister. I can't imagine what my sister is going through. He was her last living child. Do you know the woman who did it? Is Charlie's a bar? Do you know people who might be willing to post comments on this site? Sorry for all of the questions! I want to make sure this woman gets just punishment. Please feel free to provide your Email address. I can try to correspond with you when we learn more about court proceedings. Wes (which is what our family called him)was only five years younger than I and you can imagine we got into some trouble in our younger years! We always laughed when he was around! Thanks again!
Joi Adams Stroud

AOL

#9 May 8, 2008
Tammy,
You can get ahold of me at justjoiagain@aol.com
Charlies is a bar in town there. Red never went there, acutaly I never realy seen him at a bar. We hung out at the car wash in the middle of town. I will see what I can do to help you out. I moved from there in 99 and in north texas past dallas but, i will CERTAINLY see what I can do to help. I hurt for you all soooo bad!!! But please get ahold of me and keep me informed. Also, could you send me a copy of his obit? I hate to ask but Id like to keep it . Is that ok?
Joi
Tammy Koenig

Austin, TX

#10 May 9, 2008
No problem. I will gather up all that I can find and get it to you. Thanks again for your help!
Anna Schmidt

AOL

#11 May 9, 2008
Red was a very sweet man.I knew him 4 two yrs.He used 2 take me and my ex swimming in locoste 2 go swimming.It was a tragety how he died.my heart goes out to his family
Anonymous class of 98

San Antonio, TX

#12 Jun 6, 2008
I grew up in Devine, and I'm sorry but to be honest RED was a scum bucket, buying alcohol for minors, knocking up really young girls. Not to tarnish his memory. But in all honestly he's one of the people who were bringing the good name of this town down to the ground. It is tragic when anyone loses a family member, but at the same time he performed some injustices to our society at the same time. I recently went back to Devine for a funeral and I am just disgusted as to how my home town (which i was once proud of) now appears. It's gone severely down hill. It's become trashy and undignified. We used to hold our heads up high with pride for the town we came from. now I'm embarissed to even mention where I came from. It's looking more like a small mexican border town, with trash piled up outside peoples houses, ghetto children acting like gangsters, and rap music blaring from the windows. I used to believe that one day I would return to my good ole' home town to raise my children there. I have to say now that will NEVER be the case. I'm now ashamed to say I came from this town. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. CLEAN IT UP!!!!!!!!! Restore the Devine we all used to love. With some CLASS. OUT WITH THE TRASH. Ever Bold as of Old Guard her honor!!!!
jmprothero

San Antonio, TX

#13 Jun 17, 2008
I cannot believe someone would post such an awful thing about such a sweet man. You should have kept your comments to yourself anonymous class of '98. Red was a wonderful man who made everyone laugh no matter what his situation and he was more proud of his children than anything else in this world-my heart goes out to his babies that now have to grow up without their daddy.
Stay Gone

San Antonio, TX

#14 Jun 18, 2008
Anonymous class of 98 wrote:
I grew up in Devine, and I'm sorry but to be honest RED was a scum bucket, buying alcohol for minors, knocking up really young girls. Not to tarnish his memory. But in all honestly he's one of the people who were bringing the good name of this town down to the ground. It is tragic when anyone loses a family member, but at the same time he performed some injustices to our society at the same time. I recently went back to Devine for a funeral and I am just disgusted as to how my home town (which i was once proud of) now appears. It's gone severely down hill. It's become trashy and undignified. We used to hold our heads up high with pride for the town we came from. now I'm embarissed to even mention where I came from. It's looking more like a small mexican border town, with trash piled up outside peoples houses, ghetto children acting like gangsters, and rap music blaring from the windows. I used to believe that one day I would return to my good ole' home town to raise my children there. I have to say now that will NEVER be the case. I'm now ashamed to say I came from this town. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. CLEAN IT UP!!!!!!!!! Restore the Devine we all used to love. With some CLASS. OUT WITH THE TRASH. Ever Bold as of Old Guard her honor!!!!
Good for you. Stay gone we don't need you here and if you want to change it YOU come and try and change it. It is not only these people who have changed it's everywhere. What cave have you been hibernating at? Cause it is all the fault of our government for tying our hands behind our back while our children slap us around. cause if we touch them then we are abusing their asses. So don't blame it all on these people. They have their arms tied. Adn if you don't like it stay out of our town.
POT CALLING KETTLE

Austin, TX

#15 Jun 23, 2008
Isn't it like small-minded people to be too cowardly to print their own name? I bet you were one of those bullies who had to have help from your buddies to beat somebody up. Don't worry about coming back to Devine, I don't think anyone will miss you.
Anna L Schmidt

Flower Mound, TX

#16 Jul 17, 2008
Hey Red was a nice guy,no-one is perfect in the world.Devine isn't that bad to say.u we're one of those gangster kids once.right.u-r embarrassed of devine is embarrassed of u.
anonymous

United States

#17 Mar 18, 2014
she is getting out of jail now
Pale Wild Wood Flower

Castroville, TX

#18 Mar 18, 2014
put her back in and don't let her out. I never met them but I always heard them crying.
robert

Houston, TX

#19 Mar 18, 2014
When is she getting out thought she got life
anonymous

United States

#20 Mar 18, 2014
she got an appeal. and charges got dismissed due to self defense

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