Last words from death row inmate Raheem Taylor who killed his girlfriend and their 3 children – as his heartbroken family watched him die
A KILLER has claimed he “looked forward to death” before being executed by lethal injection.
Raheem Taylor, 58, was convicted of murdering his girlfriend and their three children after they were found dead in 2004.
Taylor claimed for years he was innocent but was sentenced to death in Bonne Terre, Missouri last November.
Before his execution on Tuesday, he wrote in a statement that Muslims do not die but “live forever in the hearts of our family and friends.”
He added: “Death is not your enemy, it is your destiny. Look forward to meeting it. Peace.”
Taylor took five or six breaths before he died.
He is the fifth inmate to be executed in the United States this year.
Angela Rowe and her children Alexus Conley, 10, AcQreya, 6, and Tyrese, 5, were found dead at their home in Jennings, Missouri, on December 3, 2004.
The children were found in the master bedroom with at least one gunshot wound to the head, court documents seen by the US Sun revealed.
But Taylor was in California when her remains were discovered and claimed he was innocent.
His attorneys claimed there was “evidence” that Angela and her children were alive when he was in the Golden State, the Kansas City Star reported.
Police officers rushed to the property after concerned family members said they had not heard from Angela.
Angela’s sister Gerjuan told police she last saw the mother over the weekend before the bodies were found, doctors revealed.
Investigators believed Taylor killed Angela after an argument before shooting the children as they would have been witnesses.
A coroner told jurors during the trial that the murders could have possibly happened three weeks before the bodies were discovered.
Court documents showed the temperature of the house was “noticeably cold” when the bodies were found.
There were “stacks” of newspapers in the living room and her mailbox was full.
Investigators also believed Taylor was still in Missouri at the time of the murders.
They said they made and sent about 70 calls and texts together each day before they suddenly stopped.
Communications were reportedly cut off around November 23, 2004.
Bob McCulloch, a former St. Louis prosecutor, called Taylor’s claim of innocence “nonsense.”
Investigators revealed that when he was arrested, DNA from her blood was found on his glasses.
McCulloch also said a relative of Taylor’s took him to the airport and allegedly saw him throw a gun down a sewer.
Defense attorneys continued to maintain that Taylor was innocent before he was executed.
But St. Louis County Attorney Wesley Bell found no “credible case of innocence.”
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson also turned down a plea for clemency this week.
The Republican politician claimed Taylor “brutally murdered” his victims.
He added: “The evidence shows that Taylor committed these atrocities and a jury found him guilty.
“Despite his self-serving claims of innocence, the facts of his guilt in this gruesome quadruple murder remain.”
Gerjuan has spoken out more than 18 years after the murders.
She said: “I know that justice has been done. It’s quite difficult to move forward, but I think I can do it.”
The US Sun reported how death row Wesley Ruiz told his victim’s family before his execution: “I hope this brings you closure”.
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