Randy Ertman


Age: 62

victims' rights advocate who became a blunt-spoken, combative advocate for crime victims' rights after his teenage daughter and another teen were raped and brutally murdered by gang members in a northwest Houston park when he was catapulted into his advocacy role by the June 24, 1993 murders of his 14-year-old daughter Jennifer Ertman and her 16-year-old friend Elizabeth Pena after they stumbled into a late-night gang initiation rite as they walked home along White Oak Bayou from a nearby party (six gang members were convicted in the crime, but three of the killers have been executed while two others are serving life sentences and a sixth was given a 40-year sentence), whose advocacy led to changes in state law allowing crime victims' families to direct comments to convicted offenders in the courtroom and permitting relatives of homicide victims to witness executions.

Cause of Death: Lung cancer

Born: May 29, 1952

Died: August 17, 2014

Houston, Texas