Not a single word

It seemed like Angel Nieves Diaz would never die. Two executioners injected him with three chemicals that were supposed to do the job in a few minutes. He finally died 34 minutes after the execution began.

A microphone hanging from the ceiling picks up the condemned person's last words. In a faint voice, Diaz proclaimed his innocence in Spanish and criticized the way he was being put to death. "The death penalty is not only a form of vengeance, but also a cowardly act by humans," he said. "I'm sorry for what is happening to me and my family who have been put through this."

In October, Gainesville serial killer Danny Rolling sang a spiritual song. In 2002, Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute who killed six customers, predicted that she would somehow be back.

A spokesman for Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, called Diaz's death a botched execution. "They had to execute him twice," Mark Elliot said. "If Floridians could witness the pain and the agony of the executed man's family, they would end the death penalty."

Defense attorneys and death penalty opponents were outraged over the length of time Diaz took to die. "I am definitely appalled at what happened. I have no doubt he suffered unduly," Angel Nieves Diaz's attorney, Suzanne Myers Keffer, told the AP.

Read the rest. In the article, not a single word about their victims, nothing about their last moments, nothing about their dreams, their hopes, just that they were killed, almost as if the victims are to blame for the predicament the killers find themselves in. No, nothing about final words not heard by orphaned children, nothing about their families, parents burying their children, loved ones choking back tears and keeping it together as they bear their coffins, not a single word.

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