Lawyer Weighs in on Funeral FIght
POSTED: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 6:26pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 10:13am
EL PASO - While the body of David Torres sits waiting for cremation, the fight over his ashes is heating up.
"David would be angry at what was going on right now, but he wouldn't be surprised," best friend Mike Romero said.
That's what Mike Romero had to say the day police officers stopped the funeral of his best friend.
Torres, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in Austin 9 days ago, is the subject of a fierce legal battle over what to do with his body.
Judge William Moody ordered a stop to his rosary Monday after Torres' ex-wife and estranged father contested the legality of the relationship between David Torres and his common-law wife Liz Gomez.
As of Tuesday, his body remained at the Mount Carmel Funeral Home awaiting a court decision, set for June 30.
Multiple calls to the eastside funeral home were not returned and it is not known whether Torres' body is in one of their refridgeration units.
But we were told by Torres' ex-wife that an agreement was struck Monday evening that would've allowed the rosary to continue.
However, the funeral director, who was also named in the court order, refused to continue the rosary until the injuction was lifted.
Since a rosary is a religious service, Torres' friends say his first amendment rights were being violated. but a local lawyer says that won't be an issue in court.