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Death Row Last Words

What would your Death Row Last words be? If you had one minute to say your last words before the lethal injection took your life, what would you say?

ABC news ran a story called “Death Row Last Words: Man Proclaims Love of Family, God in 9th Texas Execution of Year.  It is very interesting to see what these convicted criminals said to their family or officers carrying out their punishment.

Without revealing names and crimes here are the last words of some Texas criminals.

When I close my eyes, I'll be with the father.  God is everything. He's my life. Tonight I'll be with him. I don't know what you're going to be feeling tonight. I pray we'll all meet in Heaven."

"Billy, I love you, English, Hart and Eloise. Dwight, take care of Dwight. I'm going home, I'm going home. I'll be all right, don't worry. I love ya'll. God bless and the Texas Rangers, Texas Rangers.

Bohannon, Peg and Kim, I love ya'll. Son, get your life right with Christ, also your mother. Give mom a hug for me and tell her that I love her. Ya'll do understand that I came here a sinner and leaving a saint. Take me home Jesus, take me home Lord, take me home Lord. I ain't left yet, must be a miracle. I am a miracle. I see you, Rich. Don't cry son, don't cry baby. I love ya'll. I'm ready.

"Yes, I would like to tell my family that I love ya'll and I wish ya'll well. I'm ready."

"First, I want to let my mom know not to cry. There is no reason to cry, everybody dies. Everybody has their time, don't worry about me. I'm strong. To my family: my old man, my kids, daddy is sorry. I love each and every one of you. I'll be looking for you. To my wife, I love you. The last two years have been the best. All my kids, mom, nieces and nephews, I am proud of all of ya'll. I love each and every one of ya'll. I really love ya'll."

"Tell my son I love him very much. God bless everybody. Continue to walk with God. Go Cowboys! Love ya'll man. Don't forget the T-ball. Ms. Mary, thank you for everything that you've done. You too, Brad, thank you. I can feel it, taste it, not bad."

"All I want to say is I'm innocent, I didn't kill my wife. Jack Leary shot my wife, then her dope dealer Guy Hernandez. Don't hold it against me, Bill. I swear to God I didn't kill her. Go ahead and finish it off. You can taste it."

"Yes, I want to tell everybody that I love everybody. Keep your heads up. We are all family, people of God Almighty. We're all good. I'm ready."

Reading these last words has made me think about who is important to me, what is important to me and what I would say if I knew I had just a few minutes to speak before I died.  I’m not yet finished processing my last words but a few of these have made me wonder if I should throw in a “how ‘bout them Dawgs” or “Go Braves!”

What would you say in your last minutes of life?

Charles Hooper, Jr.