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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

5 Killed in Aurora, Illinois
Five individuals were shot and killed at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois. Five police officers were injured and the gunman was eventually killed by the police. On the day of the shooting, the shooter was being fired from his position at the plant, where he had worked for the last 15 years. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
4 Killed in Kashmir
Four Indian soldiers have been killed in India-administered Kashmir, following a clash with militants. Recently, in the same region, over 40 others were killed in a suicide attack. Pakistani and Indian forces have been battling over the area. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
Flooded Gold Mine in Zimbabwe
Nine miners have been rescued alive from a flooded, illegal gold mine in Zimbabwe, while the bodies of 24 others have been recovered. Flooding occurring after a dam burst. While nine have been rescued, dozens of others remain missing and are feared dead. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the missing miners and for their families.
9 Killed in Chittagong, Bangladesh
At least nine individuals have been killed, and over 50 others injured, after a fire in a slum in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The cause of the fires is suspected to be a short circuit. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all those affected.
Force Withdraw Agreement in Yemen
Government and rebel forces have reached an agreement to withdraw forces around the port of Hudaydah. The withdraw is part of a ceasefire agreement reached last year. The conflict began in 2015, and has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and injuries. Please pray for peace in the region. Please pray for the families of the deceased and for healing for the injured.
7 Killed in Haiti
At least seven individuals have been killed as a result of protests against the government in Haiti. Protesters are protesting the soaring inflation and accuse the government of corruption and misappropriation of funds. The protesters have also asked for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. The President has rejected the idea. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for peace.
17 Killed in New Delhi, India
At least 17 individuals have been killed after a fire in a hotel in New Delhi, India. Thirty-five others were rescued from the fire and 19 were taken to the hospital for injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Heat Wave in Australia
A record heat wave, following a record drought, in Australia have farmers, and others, worried. The drought and heat have caused animals to die and worries that crops will not be able to be planted. Across the globe, the United States is experiencing record cold temperatures. Please pray for all those affected by extreme temperatures. Please pray for their safety and health.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 7:36 pm EST

 

Arnold Prieto was executed shortly after 6 pm CST, on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Forty-one-year-old Arnold was convicted of murdering 72-year-old Rodolfo Rodriguez and his wife, 62-year-old Virginia Rodriguez and 90-year-old Paula Moran, on September 11, 1993, in San Antonio, Texas.  Arnold has spent the last 19 years on Texas’ death row.

 

Arnold was the eldest of four children.  Arnold was physically abused by his father and witnessed his father abusing his mother.  Arnold did not finish high school and was punished when he brought home poor grades.

 

Rodolfo and Virginia Rodriguez were the great-uncle and great-aunt of Guadalupe and Jessie Hernandez, friends of Arnold Prieto who supplied him with cocaine.  Rodolfo and Virginia operated a check-cashing business out of their home.  Paula Moran used to be a nanny to their kids and now lived with them.  

 

On September 11, 1993, Prieto, Guadalupe, and Jessie, were high on cocaine when they traveled from Carrollton to San Antonio and decided to rob the Rodriguez’s business.  During the crime, Rodolfo was stabbed 17 times, Virginia was stabbed 31 times, and Paula was stabbed eight times.  They were all killed.  They were stabbed with a variety of weapons, including a knife, screwdriver, and possibly an ice pick.  The trio also robbed the home.

 

Prieto was convicted and sentenced to death.  Jessie was ineligible for the death penalty because he was 16 years of age at the time of the crime.  Guadalupe had all charges dropped against him because there was insufficient evidence.

  

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Rodolfo and Virginia Rodriguez and Paula Moran.  Please pray for strength for the family of Arnold Prieto. 

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