My name is Choung Tong. I am a 26 year old man which is on Texas Death Row. I was convicted in 1998 and for the past five years Iíve been in this purgatory, waiting for the State of Texas to execute me.

Waiting to die is not a pleasant proposition, and to be honest, itís a difficult task to deal with because my contact with the outside world is almost non-existent. I lack for the most part any friends and very little financial help. But truly the hardest part in dealing with my present situation is the undeniable reality of my own fate and the dreaded road down which I must now travel. I know that other people must walk this same path Iím headed down. They have friends who willingly share that walk with them, so they donít have to travel down that dark and lonely path by themselves. They have someone to encourage and comfort them. But I travel this road by myself, not because I want to, but because I have no one to share my life with. So as I walk in solitude they have loving, caring people there to walk with them, to make it just a little easier, to ease the burden. Though we are all headed towards the same fate, their lives seem so much more enriched because they are not forced to shoulder this experience by themselves. As I have witnessed this for the past five years, I canít help but imagine how it feels to have one of those special people in my life. But these wonderful friends are something I donít have. I have no one to share my life with.

My hope and earnest desire is that you have the loving kindness and desire to assist a Death Row prisoner. At this point in my life, a personís age, race or sex arenít important. But what truly matters is a personís desire for friendship. All I desire to find is someone who is interested in establishing a friendship and maybe a little financial assistance. I hope to find someone who is non-judgmental, sincere, open-minded and who understands all of us make mistakes and not all of us are perfect. I hope this person is also respectful and I will in turn treat them with the utmost respect and sincerity. I consider myself to be a well-rounded person who is open-minded and easy-going. I hope the person who writes is an understanding person and someone who is willing to help me cope with the present situation and in turn make my life a little easier to deal with.


Choung Tong
Polunsky Unit #999260
3872 FM 350 South