HOUSTON (FOX 26) - “Helping other people, that’s like therapy for me,” said Ruth Marin Eason.
For almost two decades Eason has been a major player in a group no one wants to belong to– Parents of Murdered Children.
“Her work and support for all these poor people that have to go through what she has to go through will last a legacy,” said crime victims advocate Andy Kahan.
Now Eason is the one needing help protesting possible parole for Arnulfo Ayala.
He’s serving 35 years for murdering Eason’s son Raul Marin.
“35 years is nothing,” said Raul’s sister Rhoda Wallace. “My brother didn’t even live for 35 years.”
Raul Marin was 28 when his murder made headlines in San Antonio in 1998.
Ayala was having an affair with Raul’s wife.
“My brother was hit with a crow bar 50 times and stabbed 7 times,” said Wallace.
“They hit him so much in the back of the head they couldn’t show the pictures they had to put panty hose on the back of his head to pull everything in,” Eason said.
In 2008 Eason saw her former daughter in law freed from prison after her 12 year conspiracy conviction was overturned.
“It was very upsetting to know she got away with it,” said Eason.
“Over 400 first degree murderers were paroled in the state of Texas in 2015,” Kahan said.
And most of those killers were paroled after serving about half of their sentences.
That’s how much time Ayala served.
“I am my son’s voice now,” Eason said. “He doesn’t have a voice but I do.”