Mexican soldiers flayed the skin from the soles of Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio’s feet, while he shouted “Viva Cristo Rey!”
Forced to walk barefoot to the cemetery, the 14-year-old Cristero was sliced with a machete, as the Federales for the Socialist regime said, “If you shout ‘Death to Christ the King,’ we will spare your life,” to which he responded, “I will never give in. Viva Cristo Rey! Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!”
At the cemetery, before a freshly dug grave, soldiers stabbed him with bayonets. After each stab, he shouted, “Viva Cristo Rey!” before he was shot in the head and then fell in the open grave, February 10, 1928.