A mother has been jailed for life and her boyfriend sentenced to death for the murder of her eight-year-old son who they tortured and abused until he died because they thought he was gay.
Pearl Fernandez, 34, and Isauro Aguirre, 37, were sentenced on Thursday for the May 2013 death of her son Gabriel.
Over the course of several months, the pair tortured Gabriel at their home in Los Angeles by locking him up in cabinets, beating him with bats and shooting him with BB guns.
The boy was taken to hospital on May 23, 2013, after he stopped breathing. He had pellets lodged in his lung and groin and had a fractured skull.
According to evidence put forth by the prosecution, little Gabriel was forced to sleep in a cabinet, blindfolded. Exhibiting behavior that the judge could only appropriately declare animalistic, Fernandez and Aguirre actually force-fed the poor boy feces.
Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit Himself, Paul writes in the book of Romans, that we as individual human beings are not to exact revenge on our own, lashing out in some vain effort to secure vigilante justice. He writes, “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord” (12:19).
God will indeed dispense justice as only He can. But how does God dispense justice here on Earth? Don’t stop reading Paul’s words in Romans. Just paragraphs later, we get our answer:
“The one in authority (government) is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer” (13:4).
The Holy Spirit’s message to men attempting to live moral, Godly lives is not confused and it is not contradictory. We are to take no license in exacting our personal vindictiveness on one who we believe has done us wrong. God tells us to focus on forgiveness while trusting Him to execute wrath. And how will He do it? Through his “agent of wrath,” the civil authorities who, “do not bear the sword for no reason.”
Young Gabriel’s life was made in God’s image – it was sacred and inviolable. These two humans tortured him to death in the most animalistic, monstrous ways imaginable. To say that their debt for such a heinous act can be paid by living in prison is an insult to the sacred nature of Gabriel’s precious life. While we should not personally lash out on his behalf, we should be mindful that godly authority wields the sword for people like this.