Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Carlos Ray Warren

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, March 5, 1991

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Reflections for Trooper Carlos Ray Warren

He was a great young man. Helped his Mom, Juanita, keep an eye on little brothers. They lived next door to our parent's home. 'Charlie' was nice and friendly, especially to my parents. After hearing of his death, I wanted to try and have our Border Highway, named 'Carlos Ray Warren'. I wasn't aware of his Memorial.

Miguel Cubillos Jr.
Childhood neighbor

November 29, 2022

I grew up in south Austin and met Carlos Warren in 1987 during my first job after law school at UT with the Travis County Attorney's office. Carlos patrolled south Austin so he was often my only witness in the JP court in precinct 3 (SW Travis County). While Carlos had previous law enforcement experience in the military, he had only started with DPS the year before in 1986. He and I got our initial on the job jury trial training together. Carlos took his work very seriously and could be an intense witness, but he was also friendly and engaging. We also got to know each other a bit better when we played on a city league flag football team together along with several other prosecutors and officers.

Fast forward a couple of years - Carlos had moved over to patrol precinct 4 in southeast Travis County and I wound up as the DA's court chief in the 147th District Court with Judge Wilford Flowers - Travis County's first black district judge. I knew the area Carlos patrolled well, having grown up in south and east Austin. In high school we used to hang out at a ranch house on property along Onion creek just down the hill from where Carlos died on highway 71.

I was horrified, angry and depressed when I learned of Carlos' death. As fate would have it, the case involving the kid who shot him landed in the 147th - my court. It was among the most difficult things I've ever had to do - work a homicide case, including every detail of the incident, the witnesses and evidence where you personally know and had a friendship with the victim. In retrospect, maybe I should have asked someone else to handle the case but I didn't. I kind of felt like Carlos would have wanted me to be involved even though I was in the process of leaving the DA's office for private practice toward the end of 1991. I worked on several pre-trial matters leading up to the trial along with Howard F. "Buddy" Meyer - one of my mentors in the DA's office, and kept up with the progression of the case through trial.

From time to time I stop by the rest area where Carlos' memorial stands when I go out to my grandparent's place in Bastrop. I still remember Carlos' good humor and broad smile. I know it is a hollow consolation, but I hope that his family has been able to find some comfort and peace in the knowledge that so many people admired him and still honor his memory.

Descanse en Paz, Querido Amigo.

Gonzalo Joseph Barrientos
former Travis County Assistant District Attorney and friend

February 17, 2022

Trooper Carlos was an very nice guy. I met him when he worked the stretch of HWY 71. My late husband used to work at a Texaco gas station on 71. They became friends when Carlos stopped in one evening. He would then stop in routinely and check on my husbands well being cause he worked the graveyard shift also. I was so sad to hear the phone call the night my husband called me when he called me to tell me what had happened. We both cried and prayed for Carlos. May he Rest In Peace and I am forever thankful that he went the extra step to check on my husband. We were only 20 yrs olds with a new baby and I worried every night, but knowing that Carlos would check up on him helped ease my mind. Thank you Carlos. ♥️

Deanna Trautman Mendez

December 18, 2021

Trooper Warren,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice- not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 5, 2021

I attended the "A" 86 recruit school with Carlos. I sat next to him in class. We prayed together, cried together and endured together. We became good friends. He was dedicated, loyal and never gave up. I salute his bravery and sacrifice. I miss my friend.

Sgt. Steve Ward
Texas Department of Public Safety (Ret.)

May 16, 2019


Legislation passed this morning to name part of 71 in his honor.

Don White - Deputy
Brooks County Sheriffs Office

March 6, 2019

I was a trooper stationed in the community just outside Austin and worked frequently with Carlos. There is a group of current and former DPS officers along with Austin PD and Travis County SO officers who are trying to get State Highway 71 where Carlos was murdered named the Carlos Ray Warren Highway. Anyone interested in donating to purchase the signage may contact the DPS Officers Association in Austin.

Sgt. Dana C. Moore (Ret.)
Texas DPS

November 26, 2018

When I was little, I remember thinking you were my uncle. When we lost you, it hurt immensely but what was more heart-breaking was watching my dad lose one of his best friends. He speaks of you from time to time and always with tears in his eyes. You are so missed everyday. May you continue to be at peace. You will never be forgotten.

Cynthia Lambert
family friend

May 23, 2018

Rest in Peace Trooper Carlos Ray Warren. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice to the Great State of Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your family, friends and co-workers. I also pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the flesh of your murderer and his spawn! May he never see the light of day outside of the prison walls!


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston,TX

March 5, 2016

You are not forgotten today on this mournful anniversary, nor will you ever be. Thank you for your service to our Great state, and prior service to our Great Country.

You shall live in the hearts of those who loved you, those who admired you, and those you helped in their times of need; thus you will never be forgotten.

Most respectfully Trooper Warren, although I never knew you, I dedicate this day to your memory.

D.O. Kaboutari
Harris County Sheriff's Office, TX

March 5, 2015

Carlos Ray Warren inspired so many with his professionalism. His sense
of duty, honor and respect were unequaled. Trooper Warren was one of the good guys. I have no doubt Carlos would've made Texas Ranger. What a true American hero.

Sr. Deputy Sheriff Dale Boring

December 12, 2014

Carlos and his fiancee were my next door neighbors. I remember Carlos as kind, friendly, and fun-loving. He was an animal lover who was devoted to his goofy Dalmation Astro. The morning I looked out the front window to see a line of highway patrol cars parked in front of the duplex. I knew immediately that he was gone. At his memorial service, which was standing room only, I'll never forget the words of one of his colleagues who described how whenever there was an animal injured on the road, Carlos had to call for backup because he couldn't bring himself to shoot it. You'll never be forgotten Carlos.

Geraldine Mongold

May 23, 2014

I went to high school with you, I will never forget your kindness and gentle ways.

My prayers are with you and your family.

Eva Archuletra
High School Friend

July 16, 2013

I am just a citizen who ran out of gas last night near the memorial on 71 and as I was walking past it on the shoulder of the highway, I paused to read the monument. The words on the memorial were touching. Although I never knew you, I thank you for your service in protecting us -- especially in paying the ultimate sacrifice. We all have a shelf life but you were called home way too soon by the evil that is in this world. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to your family and friends. You are a true hero in my book.

Peter Tadin
Texas Citizen

July 5, 2013

Carlos and I were assigned together to the USACIDC Drug Suppression Team @ Ft. Bliss (El Paso). He was a very effective drug interdiction officer, who compiled an impressive arrest record for drug offenders. He was quite the smooth operator when working undercover ops on the streets of El Paso and Ft. BLiss. His dedication to the job and attention to detail set him apart from the rest of us. He was a true leader. I still think of him often...RIP, my friend.

E. Danley
Former MP

May 13, 2013

It is now March 21, 2013. I saw on the news that a specific memorial was set up along Hwy 71 to mark his death...this is long overdue. I knew him from my time as an Officer at the Central Booking Facility in Austin. He always had his paperwork ready---very thorough and efficient with his arrestees, yet quiet, kind and humorous. Between him and his patroling partner, Dewayne Goll, they made for a great pair of DPS Troopers. My best to Carlos' family...God bless

Sgt. Stacy Shank (retired)
Travis Co. Sheriff's Office

March 21, 2013

Carlos - a void in my life exists with your absense. I never knew you but I am drawn to you for some reason I can't explain. I know you are dearly missed. But I can't help but think and feel that this life suffered when you died and Heaven became only a much better place. May God rest your soul. You are thought of more than you know.

Senior PCO Roman G. Collins
Texas Dept Public Safety

March 5, 2013

A true hero. Rest in Peace Trooper.

Michigan State Police

April 14, 2011

While visiting my friend Viterbo Pedregon AKA Junior in El Paso in 1992 or so he told me about his friend, Carlos, that he'd been killed. Junior had Carlos's Trooper picture on his living room wall. I guess they had been best friends while growing up, and that Carlos practically lived at Junior's house. I was touched by this. I consider Junior my best friend. We met in the Marines while working on F-4's in Yuma, AZ. I'm from Indiana, but lived in the southwest for 13 years. I'm back in Indiana now. So back in '92 I asked Junior for some info about Carlos, because I'm an aspiring songwriter. Anyway, I don't remember anything more about it except that it was always in the back of my mind to write this song about Carlos. Recently I've been studying songwriting (again) and while reading "The Craft Of Lyric Writing" out pops this 3x5 card with only this on it and the words Carlos R. Warren

It took about three minutes and I thought WHOA!
If that isn't a sign I don't know what is.
So Carlos, your not forgotton my friend and I shall put your story to music.

Jim Stone
I'm a friend of one of Trooper Warrens friends

September 14, 2010

Know that you are thought of often. I am glad we have a place to let you know you will never be forgotten.

Deputy Cris Masters
King County Sheriff's Office

July 30, 2010

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones and close friends on this day. I hope the individual that casued so many so much pain was not paroled as there was nothing mentioned on your reflection page. You are a true hero and deserve more. Continue to protect your loved ones. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

March 5, 2010

Trooper Warren,
I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Texas. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. And I agree wholeheartedly with the previous reflections in hoping that your murderer was not released. I am Border Patrol Agent stationed in El Paso and everytime that I have come in to contact with DPS Troopers they have always been nothing but professional and willing to help up us without hesitation.



March 6, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the eighteenth anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was murdered on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I hope your murderer was not paroled for it seems like the sentence was too lenient.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 5, 2009

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. I hope that the individual that caused all this pain was not set free. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

March 5, 2009

Today 9/5/08, I stopped off at a Texas Rest Area to eat my sack lunch when I noticed a tribute memorial to Trooper Carlos Warren and was saddened and thankful that this kind of man gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect the citizens of Texas. I was extremely SADDENED and IRRITATED when I read that the coward that murdered him is elligible for parole this year. Please do not disappoint his children and allow this coward to be set free. Let Trooper Warren's children feel secure and confident about Texas Justice. Thank you again trooper Warren for your sacrifice. Rest in Peace.

J F Blackburn
Texas Citizen

September 5, 2008

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