Netflix's true crime docuseries The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez tells the story surrounding the events that led up to the brutal murder of 8-year-old boy Gabriel Fernandez in 2013. Gabriel was beaten and murdered by his mother Pearl Fernandez and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, after enduring abuse and torture at their hands. Fernandez is currently serving a life sentence for her role in the murder, after her defense team argued her IQ was too low to sentence her to death.
But what happened to Isauro Aguirre and is he still alive? Allow me to explain...
Who is Isauro Aguirre?
Aguirre was Fernandez's boyfriend at the time of Gabriel's death. Garrett Therolf, a former Los Angeles Times reporter and producer of the docuseries, told Oxygen that Aguirre formerly worked security for the Vallarta Market in Palmdale. Prior to that role, he ironically worked as a caregiver and driver at the Woodland Park Retirement Hotel. Per Oxygen, one of his former co-workers even knew him to be a "good person."
What happened to Isauro Aguirre?
Following Gabriel's death, Isauro was eventually tried, and in 2018 was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to the death penalty, according to NBC News. He is currently on death row at the San Quentin state prison in California.
When is Isauro Aguirre's death row date?
Aguirre still hasn't been served an execution date. Per NBC News, executions in the state of California have been on hold since 2006 due to a series of court challenges regarding the procedure. In March 2019, the state's governor issued a national moratorium on capital punishment citing its high cost, racial disparities involved in its application, and the risk of wrongful convictions, the New York Times reported. With no executions scheduled, the moratorium puts the fate of all inmates on death row, including Aguirre, on hold.
Still, people who have watched the documentary think Aguirre deserves to be punished and are questioning why a death date hasn't been announced yet. "Isauro Aguirre was sentenced to death on June 13, 2018... why don't we have a death date yet #GabrielFernandezTrials .. why r we paying tax dollars for this man to eat," wrote one Twitter user.
Another wrote, "Cant believe Isauro Aguirre is still on death row and hasn’t been executed yet dpmo."
A petition circulating on Change.org is calling for the introduction of a new bill called "Gabriel's Law." It would essentially create a universal reporting system for all agencies that deal with children, in order to prevent any cases of child abuse from slipping through the cracks.
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