Last Meal: For his last meal, Garza had a grilled pork chop, sweet potatoes, green beans, black beans, cornbread, and peach cake, with a choice of water, tea, or punch to drink.(per Last Suppers Book)
Last Words: Garza said he was sorry for causing pain to his family, friends and “especially police officers.”
“Y’all probably hate me,” he said, looking at three friends of his victim, dressed in their navy blue San Antonio police uniforms. He wished them “peace and love and hope y’all find God like I have and I’ll see you on the other side.”
*Thug: Manuel Garza, Jr(20 at time of offense)
*Date of Execution: April 15, 2015
*Date of Crime: February 2, 2001
*Victim: John “Rocky” Riojas, 37 (San Antonio police officer)
*Last Meal and Last Words TBA
Some time after 6p.m. CDT this cop killer will cease to exist. Unfortunately for the family of Officer Riojas they have received a life sentence of sorrow due to the murder. It has been fourteen years since Officer Riojas was murdered, his daughter was two years old and his son eight weeks at the time. Mrs. Riojas has not married again.
HERE is a nice piece on Officer Riojas and the effect it has had on so many.
HERE is the Texas Attorney General’s media advisory for Garza’s execution. Make note of the lengthy criminal history for such a young man, the future looked bleak for the citizens of Texas had this cretin not been stopped.
At this time there are no known last minute appeals, the procedural process seems to have reached its conclusion and Garza will become the sixth murderer to be executed in Texas this year.
My sincerest best wishes for the Riojas family and the SAPD. May this service of justice assuage some of the agony they have endured for the past fourteen years.