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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

78 Killed in Dhaka, Bangladesh
At least 78 individuals have been killed, and dozens injured, after a fire in the historic Dhaka district, the capital of Bangladesh. In the area of the fire, buildings are closely packed together, with narrow streets, and many buildings are run-down. The fire is believed to have been caused when fuel cylinder in a car exploded. The fire spread rapidly. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all that are affected.
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.
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.
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.

March 11, 2015


Manuel Vasquez was executed shortly after 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, inside the execution chamber at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Manuel was 46 years of age.  He was executed for the murder 51-year-old Juanita Ybarra on March 19, 1998, in San Antonio, Texas.  Manuel spent the last 14 years of his life on Texas’ death row.


Manuel dropped out of school after the 8th grade.  He worked as a welder, carpenter, and laborer prior to his arrest.  He had previously been arrested and served time for aggravated assault with bodily injury (which resulted in the death of the victim) and was released on mandatory supervision for a second time in 1995.

Manuel Vasquez was an alleged member of the Mexican Mafia.  On March 14, 1998, Vasquez was present when it was announced by a high ranking member of the Mexican Mafia that Juanita Ybarra “had to go down” because she failed to pay the Mexican Mafia their cut of the sale of illegal drugs.


On the night of March 18, 1998, Vasquez attended a party at the New Laredo Motel, which involved smoking marijuana, drinking beer, injecting heroin, and snorting cocaine.  Juanita was also staying at the hotel that night.  Early on the morning of March 19, Vasquez, along with Oligario Lujan and Johnny Cruz, went to the room where Juanita was staying.  They covered their faces and wore socks on their hands to prevent leaving fingerprints. 


One of the three knocked on the door to Juanita’s room.  Juanita’s friend, Moses Bazan, was staying with her that night because she was scared.  Moses answered the door, leaving the chain in place.  Vasquez, Lujan, and Cruz, forced their way into the room, breaking the chain.  Moses was attacked and fought back, yelling, breaking a window, and punching a hole in the wall.  Moses was eventually knocked unconscious.  


Vasquez attacked Juanita, attempting to strangle her.  Juanita fought back by biting him in the hand.  Cruz went to help Vasquez.  The duo hit Juanita over ten times.  When Moses regained consciousness, Cruz went back and forth between Juanita and Moses.  Juanita was strangled to death using a telephone cord.  Moses survived the attack.  The trio robbed the room before leaving.


Cruz reached a plea deal, which involved him truthfully testifying against Vasquez in exchange for a lesser sentence.  Before his plea deal, Cruz gave several false reports to the police.  Vasquez was convicted in November of 1999.

 

Manuel was scheduled to be executed in August of 2014.  His execution was delayed at the request of his lawyer, who was “behind schedule” on filing necessary paperwork for the execution, including clemency petitions.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Juanita Ybarra and for Moses Bazan and his family.  Please pray that for strength for the family of Manuel Vasquez.

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