Saturday, September 21, 2013
Valley gangster gets the needle for slaughtering 4 women in 2002
Robert Gene Garza was put to death in Huntsville at 8:41 PM yesterday for his involvement in the deaths of four women gunned down in their car in Donna in the Rio Grande Valley after almost 11 years to the exact date he committed the crime back in September 2002.
A member of a Rio Grande Valley gang known as the Tri-City Bombers even before he was a teenager, Garza insisted a statement to police acknowledging his participation in the September 2002 shootings in Hidalgo County was made under duress and improperly obtained. Garza was said to be in a leadership role within the gang at the time the crime was committed.
Garza also was charged but never tried for participating in what became known in the Rio Grande Valley as the Edinburg massacre, the January 2003 slayings of six people at a home in the city.
In the case that sent him to death row, Garza was convicted of two counts of capital murder for the slayings of the four women. Evidence showed they were living in the U.S. without legal permission just outside Donna, about 15 miles southeast of McAllen.
As the news of his demise was filtered onto social media sites late yesterday, many people from the valley commented as to what a great guy he was, what a great "leader" he was and how proud they were to have known him. There were comments about how the girls may have deserved it, how he may have been framed, and how cute he was as a thug. There were even girls who had wished they could have married him. So, whats the attraction to a cold blooded, gang related killer? Has society, and youth in general really hit their low place? Is it a valley culture that sees these people as heroes, as celebrities ?