Former Apache Belle director killed in apparent murder-suicide


Colten Sneed and Barbara Arroio

Tyler PD responded to a report of a shooting on 1207 Wimbledon Street on Sunday, May 7, 2017. Former Apache Belle director, Anna Marie Lee was found dead. Her husband, Stephen Wayne Lee, was also found dead at the scene.

According to the Tyler Police Report, preliminary investigation by investigators they believe the husband shot his wife before turning the gun on himself.

Anna Lee was employed at Tyler Junior College from July 1, 1976 to July 10, 1981. Along with being the director of the Apache Belles, she was also the Dean of Women during her time.

According to Texas Monthly, Lee was a drill team member at Robert E. Lee High School before becoming an Apache Belle. Lee went on to become a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and then before being director of the Belles.

In 1979, Apache Belle Traci L. Kenner got severely injured in an automobile accident. Anna Marie Lee arranged a performance featuring the Apache Belles, Apache Band and Harmony and Understanding in order to raise money to help Kenner’s treatment. In 2006, as a tribute for Lee’s generous action, a scholarship was established in her name for students with disabilities.

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  1. I first saw this on Instagram and I was shocked to see it. I follow the Apache Belles and hope to be one in the fall and i can imagine what people are going through. I hope all is well and I give my condolences to the families and anyone who was hurt by the incident.

  2. It’s incredible how something this awful can seem so distant and that it would never happen to your or anyone in your life, and yet it does. The worst part is that it truly happens to those who don’t deserve it, and that we may never know the full story behind it. I live right down the road from Robert E. Lee High School, and it’s so easy to imagine this woman dancing on the drill team, and even more horrifying to realize that this tragic event could have happened to her.