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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.

June 18, 2015

 

Gregory Lynn Russeau was executed by the state of Texas on June 18, 2015.  Gregory was pronounced dead at 6:49 pm CDT, inside the Walls Unit execution chamber at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Gregory was 45 years of age.  He was executed for the murder and robbery of 75-year-old James Syvertson, on May 30, 2001, in Tyler, Texas.  Gregory spent the last 12 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

 

According to Gregory’s fourth grade teacher, he was a slow learner and had a learning disability.  Gregory also shared a special bond with his daughter, who was born with a birth defect.  Gregory dropped out of high school in the 11th grade and worked various jobs, including working as a barber, a laborer, and in a kitchen.  Gregory smoked crack cocaine the day of the murder.

 

On May 30, 2001, James Syverton reported to work as normal at an automobile repair garage in Tyler, Texas.  James spoke to a customer around 11:30 am.  Approximately one hour later, another customer, Bob Bruner stopped to drop off his car.  James was not seen, although both of his vehicles were seen parked outside.  Bob attempted to contact James around 1:30 pm, but no one answered the phone.

 

Later that afternoon, James’ wife went to the garage, looking for him.  She also saw James’ two cars, a gray Chevrolet Corsica and a gray Audi, parked outside, but she did not see James.  She left after no one answered her knock at the door.

 

Bob returned around 5:30 pm to pick up his vehicle, as he had not heard from James.  A short time later, Mrs. Syvertson also stopped by the garage.  She became worried when she was unable to find him.  She contacted her daughter, Jeanette Jones, and together, they returned to garage around 7:00 pm.  James’ gray Corsica was missing.  They entered the garage and found James’ body next to a car he was working on at the time of the murder.  James’ wallet was missing, as was his keys.  James’ pants pockets had been turned inside out.  James’ family also identified several items that were missing from the garage, or out of place.

 

It was estimated that James had been killed between 11 am and 2 pm that day.  He had been killed by blunt force trauma to the head.  Investigators discovered fingerprints and a palm print on the vehicle James was working on when he was killed. The fingerprints were eventually matched to Gregory Russeau.  DNA evidence also linked Russeau to the crime scene.

 

Russeau was placed near the scene of the crime by several witnesses who saw him near the garage that day.  A friend also testified that when giving Russeau a ride to Russeau’s mother house, Russeau pointed out a gray Corsica and said that it belonged to his wife, but it had broken down.  Russeau encouraged his friends to avoid driving by James’ garage when they saw emergency vehicles out front.  

 

Russeau was later seen driving a gray Corsica.  He was stopped by a Longview police officer who discovered the title and registration papers of car, indicating that the car belonged to James, in Russeau’s pocket.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of James.  Please pray for strength for the family of Gregory Russeau.

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