A Texas man was put to death Wednesday night for killing two Muslim men in what he called "revenge" for the 9/11 attacks. The execution was not stopped despite a last second plea from a third shooting victim who survived.
On September 15, 2001, Mark Stroman shot and killed a Muslim man in a convenience store. A few weeks later he killed another man.
The New York Daily News said Stroman addressed five of his friends who were watching the execution through a window.
"Even though I lay on this gurney, seconds away from my death, I am at total peace." He later called himself "still a proud American, Texas loud, Texas proud. God bless America. God bless everyone."
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Then he turned to the warden and said: "Let's do this damn thing."
Stroman claimed his sister was killed in the 9/11 attacks, sparking the shooting spree. But prosecutors said there is no evidence a sister ever existed.
Stroman also shot a third man -- Rais Bhuiyan, who was blinded in one eye but survived.
He had written letters asking that the sentence be converted to life in prison without parole, but his plea was apparently ignored.
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"Killing him is not the solution," Bhuiyan said. "He's learning from his mistake. If he's given a chance, he's able to reach out to others and spread that message to others."