On January 31, 1994, while on California parole for robbery (incarcerated from 1991-1993), Edgar Tamayo shot Houston, Texas, police officer Guy P. Gaddis, three times in the back of the head, murdering him. Gaddis had been flagged down by a passerby who informed him that Tamayo had just robbed him. Gaddis arrested Tamayo, a Mexican National, and placed him in the back of his patrol car to deliver him to the jailers. Although handcuffed, Tamayo retrieved a gun he had concealed, which was unfortunately overlooked when he was searched by Gaddis, and shot Gaddis three times in the back of the head killing him. Gaddis' patrol car struck a home. Tamayo kicked out a window and escaped, only to be captured a short time later. Tamayo's excuse for killing Gaddis is that Gaddis would not let him give his keys to his wife.
The story gets much sadder. Gaddis, who was only 24 years old, served with the United States Army in Operation Desert Storm, and had served two and one half years on the Houston police department. He left behind an expectant wife and his parents. While Gaddis was serving his country and his community Tamayo was serving a stretch in the California penal system for robbery. In California, the Penal Code defines Robbery “as the felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear.” The exact same crime which the bystander that flagged Gaddis down claimed was committed against him by Tamayo. Tamayo, who was 26 years of age when he murdered Gaddis, knew he had thrown his life away.
This is truly a sad story. The facts are the facts. They cannot be changed. Tamayo went to prison for robbery and was released on parole. He moved to Texas where he continued robbing innocent people and killed a police officer, Guy P. Gaddis, a man sworn to protect the citizens of Houston, of Texas, and the United States from people who choose to live a life of crime. The people are different. The story is the same. Two lives have been destroyed by sin, crime if your mind is of a secular leaning.
Texas recently set January 22, 2014, as the date which it intends to execute Edgar Tamayo for murdering Officer Gaddis. Since Tamayo was given an execution date, United States Secretary of State Kerry and the Mexican Ambassador to the United States have asked that the execution be stayed because Tamayo was not advised that he could contact the Mexican Consul to seek guidance pursuant to Vienna Convention on the Laws of Treaties, established May 23, 1969, signed by the United States on April 24, 1970, and sent to the United States Senate for ratification November 22, 1971. Over 42 years have passed and the United States Senate has not ratified the Vienna Convention on the Laws of Treaties.
The International Court of Justice issued an order in 2004 which claims Texas violates International Law by not affording Tamayo the rights guaranteed by the Vienna Convention. The last time such an uproar over the Vienna Convention arose was during the month's of June and July 2011. Texas was preparing to execute Humberto Leal Garcia, Jr. - he too was a foreign national. He was executed on July 7, 2011. President Barack Hussein Obama asked the Supreme Court to stop the execution of Humberto because the United States Senate was going to ratify the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. The United States Supreme Court refused to stop the execution of Humberto Leal Garcia, Jr., simply stating that the Court's of this Nation can only render opinions regarding laws that are on the books and cannot render opinions on what the law may be. Two and one half years later the United States Senate still has not ratified the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.
It has been reported that United States Secretary of State John Kerry wrote to Texas Governor Rick Perry during September 2013, informing Governor Perry that the ICJ's 2004 ruling is binding on the United States under International Law. If this is true, it is disappointing that the United States Secretary of State would deliberately disregard the 2008 ruling of the United States Supreme court which held that without United States Senate action making the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties is not binding on the States. In 2011, the United States Supreme Court reaffirmed that position in the Humberto Leal Garcia, Jr., case.
We at The Forgiveness Foundation Christian Ministries, Inc., are not experts in International Law; however, it is clear that the United States Supreme Court's position has been that until the United States Senate acts the Vienna Convention is not binding on Texas or any of the other fifty states. Although we do not take a position on the death penalty we take a position on presenting the facts honestly and became concerned that people throughout the world may think Texas is violating international law. The Supreme Court of the United States, the final arbitrator of all legal matters, has said it is not.
Please pray for our political and judicial system that they may seek God's wisdom in their rulings and that they not abuse their authority by telling the people they serve something which is clearly untrue. Shouldn't it be illegal to mislead those you are elected or appointed to serve? Pray for them – they have a tough job.
Pray for the family of Officer Guy P. Gaddis. Pray for his wife and for his child, a child he never saw. A child who never met their father. Pray for Guy's parents. It is sad that Guy's wife, child, and parents are forced to relive their trauma. It is impossible to imagine how difficult it is to forgive someone who killed my loved one by shooting them three times in the back of the head as I listened to a chorus of cries about his rights being violated. Forgiveness is hard. Please pray that Guys' family, wife, child, and parents to be able to forgive. It is hard. This type of harm is especially hard to forgive.
Please pray for Edgar Tamayo's family. It is impossible for most of us to even come close to know what Edgar's family is dealing with at this time – it is hard to understand being that he is in prison – but his family will no longer have Edgar if he is executed on January 22, 2014. They will grieve. They will ask why. They will suffer. Pray for God to grant them peace and see them through.
The one thing that we can all be sure of is that God loves us regardless of what sin we have committed or law we have broken. Edgar Tamayo has caused pain that is unimaginable to most of us and he too is welcome into God's kingdom by accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, confessing his sin, and turning away from a life lived for sin (repentance). Please pray for Edgar's salvation – regardless of what takes place in Texas on January 22, 2014, Edgar needs to come into relationship with Jesus Christ if he has not already done so.