Harlingen murder victim remembered as 'selfless' woman

The community lost a great woman, someone that loved to help others.

Janet McGee, a close friend, said Sarah really wanted to make a difference.

Sarah was always on the lookout for things she could do," said Janet.

The last 24 hours haven't been easy for Janet; she said her life has been turned upside down.

While she is trying to cope with the what happened to one of her closest friends, Janet doesn't want people to forget the Sarah she knew, the person who would put others before herself.

Sarah nominated Janet for our Pay it Forward last April.

Janet said Sarah wasn't afraid of a challenge; she kept her hands full with her family, church, she was a member of Blue Sunday and a teacher in the character education program Survivor One.

But yesterday someone took it all away from this dreamer.

"What a tragic waste when there were so many opportunities to deal with these issues in a healthy safe way," said Janet. "She wasn't given options and now her family is going to live the rest of their lives and all of us will have to do without this precious girl in our lives."

Harlingen police believe that Montemayor broke into his estranged wife's home-- shot and killed Sarah and Devan Haynes--finally turning the gun on himself.

Sarah leaves behind her boys but Janet said that wherever the boys go they will be loved on both sides.

"Sarah said beautiful precious things about our work," said Janet. "Our foster kids and what made me sad that day was everything that she said about me we feel about her."

Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at Fellowship Christian Church in Harlingen.