Executions · Famous Last Words · Texas

Executed for raping and smashing elderly woman’s head with concrete

October 28, 1999
Domingo Cantu, Jr. is executed by lethal injection for the rape and murder of an elderly woman

Cantu’s victim was a small 95-year-old widow who enjoyed daily walks in her yard in the mornings. Cantu, 20 years old at the time, attacked her and dragged her to her backyard. A neighbor heard her cries and contacted police who found her body face down in a pool of blood, her buttocks and upper torso exposed, and severe head injuries which were the result of being smashed on concrete.

When apprehended, Cantu was found to not be under the influence of any drugs and had only a faint smell of alcohol about him. He was rational and cooperative when arrested, confessing freely to the murder. Approximately two weeks after his arrest, he was found hanging in his cell by a makeshift bed sheet noose. He was brought to a hospital and recovered but told the officer that found him that he had no memory of the hanging.

Cantu was executed October 28, 1999, just over 11 years after the murder. His last words were in English, Spanish, and German:

(English) I love you. I will be waiting for you on the other side. Son be strong no matter what happens, know that God is looking over you. Jesus mercy, Jesus mercy, Jesus mercy!

(Spanish) Brother-in-law, take care of the family and let it be united. Yoli.

(German) My beautiful princess. You are all my heart and soul and I love you so much.

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