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Support mercy for Chris Young

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Chris Young was sentenced to death in San Antonio, Texas in February 2006.  He was convicted of killing 55-year-old Hasmukhbhai Patel during a robbery of Mr. Patel’s mini-mart/dry cleaners in 2004. 

Chris was 21 years old at the time of the crime. In the 12 years he has spent on death row, he has matured into a thoughtful, peaceful man with a desire to help others, particularly troubled youngsters. 

In fact, Chris credits death row with saving his life, poignantly observing that “I truly believe if I would not have come to death row when I did, I would be one of two places: in prison or murdered in the streets. …  Without coming to death row, I would not be the man I am today. I would not be able to raise my kids or help other kids.”  

The State of Texas seeks to execute Chris on July 17, 2018. 

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has the power to recommend clemency.  Together, we must send a strong message to the members of the board and to Texas Governor Greg Abbott (who can accept or reject the board's recommendation) that Chris deserves mercy.

Please sign this petition and join our campaign to #savechrisyoung today so that we can save more young men like him in the future.

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