DO NOT RELEASE LUIS GARAVITO
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- “Luis Alfredo Garavito, is a Colombian rapist and serial killer. In 1999, he admitted to the rape, torture and murder of 138 boys and teenagers. His victims, based on the locations of skeletons listed on maps that Garavito drew in prison could exceed 300; Garavito continues to confess to more murders. Beginning in 1992, boys between the ages of 6 through 16 began disappearing rapidly from the streets of Colombia. Due to the decades-long civil war, many children in Colombia were poor, homeless, or orphaned. For years, these murders had gone unnoticed because many of the victims had no police report filed on their disappearance. Clusters of bodies had begun popping up all over Colombia, yet authorities did not take much notice until 1997, when mass graves were uncovered. Garavito was arrested on April 22, 1999, on separate charges of attempted rape. After a short interrogation, detectives suspected Garavito of being La Bestia, although Garavito had insisted on his innocence. The detailed description of his killings brought him to "tears." For Colombia's Justice Department, Garavito's confession was not enough. Garavito had an eye condition that was rare and only found in men in a particular age group. His glasses were specifically designed for his unique condition. These particular glasses were found at the site of a mass grave. He had also left behind empty liquor bottles, his underwear, and his shoes. DNA was found on the victims, along with the other items left behind. Police scheduled the entire jail where Garavito was being detained to get an eye exam; the outcome of his eye exam would help police pair the glasses to Garavito! While Garavito was out of his cell, detectives took DNA samples from his pillow and living area. The DNA found on the victims was a match to the DNA found in Garavito's cell. He confessed to murdering 140 children and was charged with killing 172 altogether throughout Colombia. He was found guilty on 138 of the 172 accounts; the others are ongoing. Garavito was sentenced to 1,853 years and 9 days in prison, the lengthiest sentence in Colombian history.However, Colombian law limits imprisonment to 40 years—and because Garavito helped police find the victims' bodies, his sentence was further reduced to 22 years. He is set to be released in 2021.” THIS petition is being made in hopes that this will bring wide spread media attention to put pressure on both the Columbia government and to the attorney General of Columbia to prevent the release of this monster from ever hurting another innocent child again! The world needs to witness how Columbia treats its most violent criminals! Is this what Columbia stands for...is this what humanity will tolerate?! We DEMAND Luis Garavito be kept in prison for the remainder of his sick life or better yet EXECUTED for his gruesome crimes against humanity....we DEMAND JUSTICE for all the children who lost their lives in the most despicable way! WE NEED JUSTICE NOW!!