Longview High School band members come together to help teen after mother dies in shooting
Dec. 18, 2012 at 10 p.m.
The Lobo Band is a family, and when 16-year-old Tarez Hudson was facing his first Christmas without his mother, band boosters came together to make sure his holiday would be as happy as possible.
"This was the first time someone has done something like this for me," Tarez said. "This was the first time I've been able to get Christmas gifts for my family."
Hudson's mother, Barbara Hudson, died Nov. 17 after being shot at her home in the 1100 block of North Third Street in Longview. Byron Marcel Houston, 30, was charged with manslaughter in her death, which, police say, resulted during a game of Russian roulette.
"We knew Christmas was going to be bleak without his mom," band Director Louis Robinett said.
The band boosters decided to raise money for Tarez. Robinett said he got Tarez out of the band hall one day a few weeks ago and made the announcement to the class that the group was going to raise money for their classmate.
Robinett said students began bringing money to the school in an outpouring of love and compassion for their friend. First Christian Church also provided a donation, and more than $1,200 was raised for Tarez.
"It's heartwarming to see something like this," Robinett said. "Band is a such a good group; it's such a good team, but beyond that we're a good family. We take care of each other."
Tarez, who lives with his grandmother, has continued to advance himself in band.
"When I was little, I saw a band and I thought it was really cool, so I got involved in band in sixth grade and picked the weirdest instrument that a boy could play - the clarinet," Tarez said. "But I'm pretty good at it, so it's OK."
Tarez, who is also involved in culinary arts at Longview High School, said he wants to pursue a career as a chef or as a band director. In the meantime, he's been able to buy Christmas gifts for his grandmother and his sister - as well as some new shoes for himself.
"I always knew that Lobo Band members were the best," said assistant band director Grant Woodson, "but the outpouring that the kids and parents did for one of our own proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt."