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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

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 3, 2008

I too am writing to protest the release of your killer. May you rest in peace, you will never be forgotten. I too lost my father in the line of duty and have fought for several years to keep one of his killers in prison. To the family, I am sorry for your loss.

Stefanie Soboleski
Daughter of Houston Police Sgt. Bruno Soboleski EOW 4/12/91

January 17, 2008

We are writing a letter to the parole board to stop the release of your murdered may God Bless your family.

The Rockne Family
COPS

January 13, 2008

To our fallen HERO:
Brother, I was only 10 years old the day you left this earth. I am 27 years old now and a fellow law enforcement officer. I am so proud to wear the same badge as you. May you rest in peace knowing that you will not be forgotten.

SPA ARTURO CONTRERAS
US BORDER PATROL

January 9, 2008

Carlos there are times that I think of you and it brings that flood of pain same as the days I got the call. I think of you often and that big smile you gave me when you wished me luck in Seattle. I will always remember you.

Detective Cris Masters
King County Sheriff's Office, Seattle

July 29, 2007

I went to elementary and high school with Carlos and his brother Steve. I was shocked at Carlos passing, and I grieved for his family. My oldest brother Mike, also with the Department, assisted the family after Carlos death and for that I was glad. Carlos was a really good guy and he is missed. Go with God and receive His blessings.

Detective Mark Wohleking
Midland Police Dept./Schoolmate

July 3, 2007

Sixteen years have passed since your senseless, tragic and untimely death, but I still think of you. I remember when I heard of your death after I went to the Dallas DA's office, I just kept thinking, of all the people . . . how could this be? How could this happen to Carlos? Why? I will never forget how hard your death hit me, but I will always remember you coming to court, always bearing a smile, and what a relief it was to see your name on a case. Although it was a long time ago, I will always remember, with the fondest of memories, being a prosecutor in Austin and representing you, and all the troopers, North and South with the utmost pride.

Colleen Murphy Davis

Asst. U.S, Attorney - Tampa Florida
Former Travis County Prosecutor

May 3, 2007

Sixteen years have passed and you have not been forgotten. I hope that parole is denied for the individual that caused all the pain and broken hearts that were the aftermath of their loss of you. I know your loved ones have thought of you every day since you were called away and they will continue to do so. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You will never be forgotten.

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

March 5, 2007

G-d Bless.

March 5, 2007

carlos,
even tho i thanked you many times for the back ups in the middle of the night on the streets of south austin it just does not seem to be enough sometimes. it sure was a good feeling to see the black/white mustang pull up knowing that you were in it. i know many apd officers that feel the same way. even if you were chastized for getting too involved with apd incidents(pursuits). i knew that if you were working, you would be there. your sense of humor and neverending smile could always cheer a person up if they wanted to be or not.i am sorry that i did not help you work on your ford more, so that i could have shown you that my camero was a better car. carlos you will never ever be forgotten. i do believe than heaven is a better place with you patroling the hiways there... thankx much my friend

mike roberts detective-retired
austin police

February 18, 2007

You and I never came face to face, yet I think of you often. I was a jailer with Bastrop County S.O. when you were killed. I remember riding with deputies that night as we searched for your killer. I remember the words spoken about you at your funeral. I remember you as I travel 71 on my way to show-up each day and say a prayer for you and all our brothers and sisters who are with you, and I think, I must pray for you on my way home after show-down. God Speed Trooper!

David Easley
Austin Police Department

September 12, 2006

I attended high school with Carlos and remember him to be a very good person. There is service to country here and service to country overseas. They are both equally as honorable. Carlos gave the ultimate sacrifice here. Your memory will never be forgotten.

J.L. Fuentes
U.S. Border Patrol

SBPA Joe L. Fuentes
U. S. Border Patrol

August 2, 2006

To the family and friends of Trooper Carlos Warren, and most especially to Carlos himself:

On this the fifteenth anniversary week of your brutal murder, please know that your memory is honored and revered. Rest in Peace, Trooper Warren.

May his loved ones continue to be comforted and supported by your law enforcement family, and by other police survivors who share this painful journey with them.

In reading the reflections about Carlos, it it obvious that he was well-respected and cared for by many people.
His valor and dedication will never be forgotten, and his memory will be forever revered. His service to his country through his military service is also honored.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD eow 4/24/05

March 6, 2006

In Valor there is Hope. You are not forgotten.

P.O. Chris Welby
Bridgeton, Mo. PD

March 5, 2006

Thank you for your dedicated service to your community and your department. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May they never forget your faithful service to your community and department and the brave HERO that you were. To the family, friends and co-workers, our heartfelt prayers and sympathies are with you. May God be with you all during this very sorrowful time. Words will never compensate the loss you have suffered. We pray that He now gives you all strength in your time of need. May you find peace in the thought, that we as friends in law enforcement, take this time to lift you up in prayer.

For your act of unselfish bravery and courage Trooper Warren, we salute you. Blessed are the peacemakers.

Denise & Erin Hunter, Widow and Daughter
Sgt. Gregory L. Hunter, Grand Prairie, TX Police Dept., EOW 6-18-04

March 5, 2006

Carlos,
I think of you often. I was dispatcher for Lee County SO at the time of your passing. As the daughter and grandaughter of DPS officers, I am deeply concerned for all of you out there and hope that no more have to pay the ultimate price in the way you did to ensure the safety of others.

Patti Wyman
Killeen, Texas

November 11, 2005

I don't know why I am drawn to you, Carlos. But for some reason, based on things I've heard about you, how you lived and the good person you were, you inspire me.
May your name and efforts stand the test of time.

Roman Collins
Texas Dept Public Safety

October 31, 2005

I worked with Carlos when I was with Travis County. He was a great person and friend. He will never be forgotten.

Deputy Chrisitne Masters
King County Sheriff's Office, Seattle WA

September 23, 2005

God rest your soul, Brave Warrior.

Deputy B. P. Styles
Buncombe Co. Sheriff's Dept., NC

January 14, 2005

you will never be forgotten. My you rest in peace.

March 3, 2004

Carlos's death was a shock to many. He was a friend of our family's. I was 16 when he was murdered but I remember him well. He always had a beaming smile, was cracking jokes, playing pranks and just horsing around. He had a very large presence when he came into the room and was a passionate person in life. I think of him often when I kiss my L.E.O. goodbye.
Cheers to you Carlos.

Marti Cox Krahn - Police Wife
www.policewives.org

February 13, 2004

I attended the Texas D.P.S. Academy with Carlos beginning in June of 1986. We had both left Active duty with the Army as MP's at Fort Bliss, in El Paso. I was in Iraq during the Gulf War when he was murdered and was not able to attend his Funeral. I finally got to visit his grave last summer at the Fort Bliss National Cemetary last Summer.
Carlos, you are still in our thoughts and we all try to live our lives a little bit fuller for you! God Bless and watch out for us. David

SGT David S. Stading
Texas Department of Public Safety

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