"I am a priest," responded Father Rodrigo Aguilar Alemán, when asked by the soldiers of General Juan B. Izaguirre to identify himself.
Ordered to be hanged in Ejutla's central square because he was a Catholic priest, outlawed during the Cristero War, he blessed his hanging rope, pardoned his executioners and gave his rosary to one of them.
"Long live who?" asked a soldier who informed him that he could save himself by shouting, "Long live the Supreme Government!"
Father Rodrigo Aguilar Alemán shouted, "Christ the King and Our Lady of Guadalupe!” three times before he was hanged for his faith, on October 27, 1927.