Mexican executed in Texas is buried

Sunday, August 18, 2002

PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico -- Family members prepared Saturday to bury Javier Suarez Medina, the 33-year-old confessed cop-killer executed in Texas three days earlier.

Some mourners carried signs protesting the U.S. application of the death penalty at a wake held Friday for Suarez Medina at a funeral home in Piedras Negras, across the border from Texas. Hundreds of people filed past the coffin containing Suarez Medina's body.

"This fight is not over," said his mother, Consuelo Medina, 53, noting that her son wanted his family to continue fighting against the death penalty.

Seventeen Mexicans face the death penalty in Texas and 54 in the United States.

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