The Guardian post, "Miguel Paredes set to be 10th and last Texas prisoner executed in 2014," by Tom Dart.
By the age of 18, Miguel Paredes had been involved in at least five murders, taken part in two drive-by shootings and had disposed of a drug-overdose victim by setting her body on fire.
Seeking a better, safer life, his parents had moved their family from Chicago to Mexico and then San Antonio in the 1980s. But Paredes – the youngest of 20 children, seven of whom died before he was born – joined the Hermanos de Pistoleros Latinos (Brotherhood of Latin Gunmen) gang and was engulfed by violence.
In prison, Paredes has become a committed Christian and repudiated his past. “All that gang life folklore, the romanticism, it’s crap,” he told the San Antonio Express-News. “As long as one kid sees beyond all that crap because of my situation, that’s fine.”