Fight Over El Paso Man's Dead Body Continues

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 9:10pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 10:45am

The ongoing battle over an El Paso man's dead body continued Wednesday.
This time, before a judge.
It was another emotional day for the friends and family of David Torres.
Two weeks ago Torres died in a motorcyle accident in Austin.
Since then his father and alleged common law wife have been battling over who has the rights to his ashes.
Wednesday both Torres' father, Gilbert Torres, and Liz Gomez, the woman claiming to be his common law wife, were in court.
After two hours of discussion both sides agreed to have Torres' body cremated.
However a decision on who will have final custody of his ashes is still months away.
That's when a jury trial will be held to determine is Gomez is truly his common law wife.
Many of Torres' friends were also in court for the hearing.
They've supported Gomez who wants to keep his ashes in El Paso.
The lawyer representing Torres' father declined to comment on the hearing.
The trial is expected to be held in 60 to 90 days.
Until then both parties agreed to have the ashes stored at a local funeral home.

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MARIA:STATE MARRIAGE LICENSE IS A CONTRACT BETWEEN A MAN,A WOMAN AND THE STATE OF TEXAS.(3parties)THE GOD GIVEN RIGHT TO MARRY EXISTED PRIOR TO THE CREATION OF THE STATES.so, A MARRIAGE BY CONSENTING PARTIES IS A VALID MARRIAGE.(2 parties)///I DONT THINK THIS MAN WANTED ANYTHING TO DO WITH A "statutory marriage" AFTER HIS EXPERIENCE. HE HATED WHAT HE SAID THE STATE AND X DID TO HIM.I DONT KNOW WHAT THAT WAS,BUT, HE WAS LOW ON MONEY A GREAT DEAL OF THE TIME.HE MADE ABOUT 60/70K A YEAR.BROKE,WHY??

sick

It's pretty pathetic when people can be so selfish and petty that they'll fight over the body of a dead relative/friend! Good grief!!

Do you really think this is about his ashes? THE FATHER AND C/WIFE HAD ALREADY AGREED ON HIS ASHES, THEY WOULD BURY 50% IN BELAN, NM, 50% in EL PASO. C/WIFE WOULD HAVE SERVICES HERE ($5-$11,000.00 COST) AND SHE WOULD PAY. THE FATHER WOULD HAVE SERVICES IN BELAN,NM, AND HE WOULD TAKE CARE OF THAT. Somehow, someone else must have changed the fathers mind into doing something else. IT TAKES TWO TO FIGHT,BUT,I DONT THINK THIS FIGHT IS BETWEEN THE FATHER AND C/WIFE. I WONDER WHO IT COULD BE?

If this couple had been married this man's father would still fighting to have his son's ashes. There will always be someone that will go against the decision of the one that is in charge whether it be a family member or ex-spouse or children, you can not please everyone even if everyone comes to an agreement. But, In the state of Texas she is legally his wife, if they lived together as husband and wife and recognized eachother as husband and wife then, she is his wife license or no license.

why not just divide the ashes in half then they can share the ashes.

why don't they just divide the ashes in half so both can share the ashes.

truely think about it? doesnt it sound horrible to dplit one of your loved ones in half to be burried for eternity?

Give them to the father because if he wanted her to have any say so he would have married her. A marriage record gives you a licence to have rights

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