Police Suspect Homicide in Lubbock Woman's Death - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/22/09

Police Suspect Homicide in Lubbock Woman's Death

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock Police Department has a person-of-interest in custody. They are questioning 36-year-old Jose Angel Rangel in the death of his girlfriend, 48-year-old Tina Marie Sanchez. Police say there is a history of domestic violence between the couple. Police received a call around 3:20 Sunday afternoon after Tina Marie Sanchez's daughter found her dead in a back bedroom at her home on Emory Street.

"Her smile. Her smile and the way she joked," that's what Eva Rangel says she'll miss most about Sanchez, her friend of more than 30 years. They went to elementary school together at Wolffarth Elementary all the way through high school at Lubbock High. "She was funny. She was fun to be with, and she always made you laugh," Rangel said of Sanchez. 

Police found Sanchez's body at her home Sunday afternoon. While there was no sign of forced entry, police say it looked like there may have been a struggle inside the house. Because of injuries on the victim's body, they called out a full homicide investigation. Officers on the scene say they smelt a strong odor of natural gas in the house, but they don't think the gas caused Sanchez's death. "It's probably not gonna be from affixation from the gas. It's probably going to be from some injuries that she sustained," said Lt. Neal Barron of the Lubbock Police Department.

While police searched the home for evidence, about 40 family members and friends stood in the street outside, wiping away tears, and staring at the home in shock. "I can't believe it. I can't believe it's her. I can't believe it," said Rangel. 

Police are looking for a white Dodge Dakota with Texas license plate 08MZH7. The vehicle was taken from Sanchez's residence. If you have any information about this case call Crime Line at 741-1000.

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