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Man’s last words before his execution: ‘God bless … the Texas Rangers’

Sep 21, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

Texas Execution AP

Robert Wayne Harris, 40, an ex-con who confessed to killing five people at a Dallas-area car wash during a robbery in March 2000, was executed on Thursday evening in Lubbock, Texas. But before he went, Harris joined the small group of people who have uttered well wishes for their favorite sports teams as a part of their last words on Earth.

Apparently, Harris was a baseball fan.

Harris expressed love to his brother and three friends who were watching through a window.

“I’m going home. I’m going home,” Harris said. “Don’t worry about me. I’ll be alright. God bless, and the Texas Rangers, Texas Rangers.”

Bizarre. But this isn’t the first time this has happened.

May 22, 2007: Robert Charles Comer, 50. “Yes, go Raiders.”

June, 2000: John Albert Burks, 44. “The Raiders are going all the way y’all.”

April 25, 2007: James Filiaggi. “When the Browns are in the Super Bowl in the next five years, you’ll know I’m up there doing my magic.”

  1. lewp - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    No word on if Josh Hamiltion missed the execution due to a sinus infection.

  2. 67nova - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    How do we know this was baseball related? Maybe he was showing respect for the people that put him behind bars. You know, the real Texas Rangers.

  3. drybean - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    The baseball club may win the World Series (I hope so) but no one beats the real Texas Rangers. God bless the Rangers and God bless Texas!

  4. muhangis - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    This story is too funny. But a msg to J Filiaggi: Well it’s 5 yrs later, and there is no magic on the Browns falling from the sky. It’s tragic.