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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.

October 6, 2015

 

Juan Martin Garcia was executed by the state of Texas on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.  He pronounced dead shortly at 6:26 pm CDT, inside the execution chamber at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Juan was 35 years of age.  He was convicted of the robbery and murder of 32-year-old Hugo Solano on September 17, 1998, in Houston, Texas.  Juan spent the last 15 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

 

Juan performed poorly in school, dropping out following the 8th grade. He was considered a slow learner and enrolled in special education classes when he attended school.  Prior to his arrest, he worked as a laborer in construction and landscaping, although Juan lacked steady employment.  Juan also frequently used drugs and alcohol.

 

Juan Garcia and three of his friends - Eleazar Mendoza, Gabriel Morales, and Raymond McBen - began a crime spree in August of 1998, which continued into the month of September.  On September 17, 1998, the group was walking around Houston, Texas, when they approached Hugo Solano, who was walking to his vehicle.  At gunpoint, Garcia demanded that Hugo hand over his money.  Hugo refused.  Garcia shot Hugo four times in the head and neck, killing him, and then took the $8.00 in cash that Hugo had on him.

 

Following his arrest, Garcia confessed to the crime.  Garcia now alleges that he did not intend to kill Hugo, but that Hugo grabbed for the gun, which accidentally discharged during the struggle.  Garcia also now alleges that he never robbed Hugo and was high on drugs at the time of the crime.  Without the robbery charge, Garcia would not have been eligible for the death penalty.  There have been numerous attempts to have Garcia’s death sentence overturned, alleging that Garcia does not have the required mental competency to be executed.  Garcia’s three friends, with him on the night of the murder, each received various prison terms.

  

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Hugo Solano.  Please pray for strength for the family of Juan.

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