Anti-death penalty protesters show up at teens' memorial

August 16, 2010 1:39:26 PM PDT
Anti-death penalty protesters showed up at a memorial service for two victims of a notorious crime today. Jennifer Ertman, 14, and Elizabeth Pena, 16, were raped and murdered in 1993. One of the five gang members who killed them, Peter Cantu, will be executed on Tuesday.

Two of the culprits have also been executed and another two are serving life sentences in prison.

The protestors say they chose the location for their protest as a way to honor Ertman and Pena.

"We came here to celebrate their lives and also to speak out against the death penalty. We're not just here because it's his execution. That's part of it, but not the only reason we're here," said one protestor.

Members of the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement say we don't need the state of Texas to kill people to show that killing is wrong.

However, when we talked to Elizabeth Pena's father on Friday, he told us, "It seems like the victims have fewer rights than the scumbags who did the crime."


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