Humberto Leal, a Mexican national who came to the United States as a small child, decided at the last moments of his life that his loyalty to Mexico was too important not to express as he was being executed.
Humberto Leal was convicted of killing a 16-year old girl in a most gruesome fashion and sentenced to death in Texas.
According to Fox news:
"As the lethal injection began taking effect, the Mexican National convicted of the brutal rape and killing of a teenage girl in 1995 shouted, "Viva Mexico!" just before he died at a Texas prison."
The case received much publicity as Mexico attempted to halt the execution because Mr. Leal had not been apprised of his right to seek counsel from the Mexican government through a Mexican consulate.
Somehow, this issue had not come up during the previous sixteen years of appeals by Mr. Leal.
President Obama also sought to halt the execution.
Details are available at the link to Fox news below.
After reading of the details of the crime, a reasonable person would think that Mexico would send a letter of appreciation to Texas for removing Mr. Leal from this mortal existence. Instead, they used it as yet another occasion to meddle in U.S. and Texas affairs and to whip up Mexican nationalism.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/07/07/white-house-seeks-delay-mexican-mans-execution-as-supreme-court-mulls-case/#ixzz1Rcix4l1C