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Mexican cop-killer given hero's funeral

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Last weekend, thousands attended the funeral of 46-year-old Edgar Arias Tamayo, who was executed last month for murdering a Houston police officer in 1994.

Tamayo was found found guilty of capital murder on Oct. 27, 1994, and spent the next 19 years on death row.

The procession through the streets of Tamayo's hometown of Miacatlan, Morelos, more resembled the funeral of a head of state, or that of a conquering hero, rather than a simple ceremony for a cop-killer.

Weeping mourners tossed flowers atop Tamayo's coffin, and as the light faded, candles were lit in his honor.

Despite the efforts of the Mexican government, as well as those of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the Texas State Department of Corrections executed Tamayo by lethal injection at 9:32 p.m. CT, at the Huntsville Unit.

View the details of Tamayo's case...

As for his victim...

The Officer Down Memorial Page reports:

Officer Guy Gaddis was shot and killed while transporting two handcuffed prisoners to jail.

One of the prisoners had managed to conceal a gun and shoot Officer Gaddis twice in the back of the head. The suspect was convicted and sentenced to death. He was subsequently executed on January 22nd, 2014.

Officer Gaddis had served with the Houston Police Department for 2-1/2 years and had previously served with the United States Army during Desert Storm. He was survived by his expectant wife and parents.

There are currently 40 Mexican nationals sitting on death rows across the U.S.

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