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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, October 14, 2015  

 

Licho Escamilla was executed by the state of Texas on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.  Licho was pronounced dead 6:31 pm CDT, inside the Walls Unit execution chamber of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Licho was 33 years of age.  He was executed for the murder of 34-year-old off-duty Dallas police officer Christopher Kevin James, on November 25, 2001, outside of a nightclub in Dallas, Texas.  Licho spent the last 12 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

 

Licho alleges he grew up in an abusive home.  Licho’s father testified that Licho’s personality drastically changed after the death of his mother, with whom he was close.  Licho also started drinking after his mother’s death.  At the age of 11, Licho was physically assaulted by two adult males at a party.  They had mistaken Licho for another individual.  Licho dropped out of school after the 8th grade.  At the time of Christopher’s murder, Licho was wanted in connection with a killing earlier that month of a West Dallas man.  Prior to his arrest, Licho had worked as a laborer.

 

On November 25, 2001, Christopher, along with three other off duty police officers were working security at a Dallas nightclub with a reputation for attacking danger.  Around 2:45 am, a fight began near a valet stand.  When Christopher and other security officials attempted to break up the fight, Licho Escamilla pulled a gun from his waistband and began firing indiscriminately.

 

Senior Corporal Clarence Lockett was struck in the hand by a bullet.  Christopher’s gun was struck by a bullet, disabling it.  Christopher was also struck in the arm by another bullet.  A Christopher lay on the ground, Escamilla approached him and shot him three times in the back of the head.  Clarence survived his injuries and testified against Escamilla at his trial, which eventually resulted in a death sentence.

 

Other officers pursued Escamilla, exchanging fire.  Escamilla was captured attempting to carjack a vehicle and taken to the hospital to be treated for a minor gun shot injury he received.  While at the hospital, Escamilla was laughing and bragging about shooting a cop.

  

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Christopher James.  Please pray for strength for the family of Licho Escamilla.  

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