“For all the residents that she cared for, and for everyone’s life that she touched, she made their life better. She made it special. She was a jewel, a gem, a diamond.”

— Tall Pines Resident Services Director Cindy McIntire, in a statement released by Tall Pines June 28, speaking of Debbie Littlefield. Debbie Littlefield, who worked at Tall Pines for seven years, was shot and killed June 25 at her home in Brooks, and police have charged her husband, Michael Littlefield, with her murder.