Man set to die by execution in 24 hours shares final thoughts

Christopher Young shot, killed convenience store owner in 2004

SAN ANTONIO – In less than 24 hours, a 34-year-old East Side man is scheduled to be executed.

Christopher Young admits he was drunk and high when he went into an East Side convenience store, then robbed and murdered the owner, Hasmukh Patel, 14 years ago.

“There are times when I can actually be sitting there typing a letter and feel the needle in my veins,” said Christopher Young, contemplating the moment he'll be executed. “I just found out the Texas Court of Appeals has denied my case.”

If you were to ask the 6-year-old version of Christopher Young what he’d be doing with his life at the age of 34, being a death row inmate scheduled to die by lethal injection would’ve never come to mind.

“I was considered a nerd. I played four instruments," he said. "I played violin, viola, bass, the cello."

But Young says after his father died, he began using drugs, drinking alcohol and hanging around gangs.

“I embraced the roughness, looking for a name for myself,” Young said.

On Nov. 21, 2004, he made a choice he regrets. Young said it began as an attempt to confront the 55-year-old store clerk about an alleged argument the clerk had with his girlfriend at the time.


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