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Family of slain police officer uses social media to seek justice

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Gayle and Angie Gaddis are on a mission. The two women have taken to social media to try and seek the resolve they've been chasing for 19 years.

Angie says, "it's been a long time it's been a long time overdue we'd just like it to be done just be done and over with."

"I don't know what will happen if we get to Huntsville and they say the execution is not going to happen," says Gayle.

It was back in 1994 when Houston Police Officer Guy Gaddis was shot and killed by Edgar Tamayo. That same year Tamayo was convicted and sentenced to death. But that death sentence has been fleeting for the Mexican National. The illegal immigrant has had a string of appeals and now a letter from US Secretary of State John Kerry. He's asking the state of Texas to back off the January execution because Tamayo wasn't allowed to speak with the Mexican Consulate when he was arrested as prescribed by an international treaty.

"The jury said he should be executed and I do struggle a little bit with that but I want him to go ahead and be executed because that's what our justice system ended up with,"says Gayle.

That's why Gaddis' mother and sister in law have been recruiting Facebook friends. They've started a letter writing campaign. The women along with at least a thousand supporters are writing the Governor, Secretary Kerry, and the parole board - asking them not to grant Tamayo clemency.

Angie says, "It's unbelievable the pain he has inflicted on this family and has no remorse about it no grief at all about it."

The family is also concerned because they've been warned by victim's advocate groups there's a very strong possibility that Tamayo could get a series of reprieves. That's since the US Secretary of State has stepped in.

But Gaddis' mother is hoping social media pays off with a public campaign that will send a strong message to state and federal officials...it's time their family gets closure.

Gayle says, "it just seems like everything I see is Tamayo Tamayo. It's like he's getting way too many privileges and he's had 20 years to get Mexico to help him."

Tamayo is schedule to be executed January 22.

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