Wednesday, April 13th, Lauren Smith came into the Chuck Wagon restaurant where she worked in Sudan, Texas. She was panic-stricken because of peculiar text messages containing disturbing photos of her children, 2-year-old Gatlin and 8-month-old Luke. The text message came from Smith’s ex and the father of her 2 sons, Gabriel Armandariz (28). One of the text messages contained a photo of Armandariz and the two children with a note that said ‘We love u goodbye’. The final, and I assume the most stomach turning, message included an image of little Luke’s lifeless body with a ligature around his neck.
After an all night search, Luke and Gatlin were found… Dead.
Gabriel Armandariz has been arrested and is being charged with capital murder and jailed on a $1.5 million bond. If convicted of capital murder, he faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole. Being a Texan, I’m hoping for fucking death, though lethal injection is too good for this monster. He deserves nothing less than what he did to those precious babies.
Armandariz allegedly posted a photo of his sons on Facebook with the caption ‘love forever’. I found his FB page, but it’s private. There is a page for Gatlin that isn’t private, but the last activity on it was in March.
I can’t find a reason as to why Smith and Armandariz were separated or why Armandariz had custody of those two boys. A custody hearing was set for this week. It appears that Smith had been saving her money for an attorney to get the children back and Armandariz is nothing more than another evil, selfish prick with a score to settle.
I will go to sleep tonight with images of Gatlin and Luke in my head and tears on my pillow. I hope that there deaths came fast and neither of those little boys suffered.
Rest in peace, babies.
**A side note, the news articles show Luke’s age as 8 months and the court doc shows his age as 6-months. Please don’t correct me, as I had conflicting information. The important fact is that these two children were murdered by someone who should have put their own life on the line to protect them.
Thanks go to everyone who sent this tip in (and there were several).