Friend of Stacey Devine talked to victim day before murder

Friends of Stacey Devine Speak Out
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: Jonesboro Police Department)
(Source: Jonesboro Police Department)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - People in Region 8 and friends of Stacey Devine are shocked to hear about her death.

Devine's body was found Friday at the corner of Pacific and Commerce.

Police announced Tuesday died of strangulation and ruled the incident as a homicide.

Region 8 News spoke with a former co-worker of Devine who said she was such a loving person and did not deserve this.

"It just hurts, you know," said Tasha Santiago. "A person like her doesn't deserve this this, or didn't deserve this."

Santiago worked with Devine at Nestle for a few years. Santiago has since moved to Florida but she and Devine have stayed in touch.

Santiago told Region 8 News she and Devine talked almost every day. In fact, the two women spoke just one day before Devine's body was found.

"I don't know what to say, I am still looking at my phone thinking she is going to call me and it is not going to happen, it is just not going to happen," Santiago said.

When Santiago did not hear back from Devine by Friday she knew something was wrong. She said Devine was always checking in on her friends.

"She was a loving person and caring. She loved everybody. She was always supportive of all her friends," Santiago said. "She never talked down to anyone or bad about anyone."

Santiago said she is shocked Devine was killed because everyone loved her.

"She did not have any enemies, no enemies at all whatsoever," Santiago said.

Friends say they want people to remember Devine for her personality and caring heart.

"She was so uplifting and always had a smile on her face, and that is what people should remember her by," Santiago said.

Police are still investigating Devine's death.

Monday police located Devine's white Buick, which was parked at the corner of Prospect Rd. and Ellis Ln.

The car is in police custody and they are processing it for any evidence.

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