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Three men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

3 Killed in Utrecht, Netherlands
Three individuals have been killed, and five others injured, after a shooting on a tram in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands. Police are calling the incident a terrorist attack and are have arrested a suspect. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
180 Killed in Africa
At least 180 individuals have been killed across southern Africa, including 84 in Mozambique, from Cyclone Idai. The official death toll is expected to rise drastically, with President Filipe Nyusi speculating that over 1,000 have been killed. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for those who are missing. Please pray for all affected.
5 Killed in Mumbai, India
At least five individuals have been killed, and over 30 others injured, when a footbridge to Mumbai’s main train station collapsed. The reason for the collapse is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
8 Killed in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Eight individuals were killed at a school in Sao Paulo, Brazil after two former students opened fire inside the school. Five of those killed were students. The two gunman killed themselves as police arrived. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the community.
73 Killed in Papua
At least 73 individuals have died from a surprise flood in Papua, a province of Indonesia. The flash flooding was caused by torrential rain, which also caused mudslides and landslides. Over 60 others are missing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of the missing. Please pray for all those affected.
24 Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
At least 24 individuals were killed, and over 30 others injured, when a train overturned in Kasai province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of those killed were children. The cause of the accident is believed to be unmaintained tracks. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Protests Turn Violent in Paris, France
For the past four months, “yellow vests” protests have occurred in France, initially as an protest against the increase of fuel taxes. For the most part, the protests have been peaceful, however, they have now turned violent, with protestors smashing shops on the famed Champs-Élysées in Paris. Please pray for those affected. Please pray for peace.
2 Israelis Killed in West Bank
An Israeli soldier and a rabbi were killed by an unknown Palestinian attacker in the West Bank. The soldier was stabbed to death and then his rifle was used to kill the rabbi. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
3 Killed in Midwestern Flooding
At least three individuals have been killed due to severe flooding in the midwestern part of the United States. Rain, along with melting of snow has caused the flooding. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all affected.
49 Killed in Mosque Shootings
At least 49 individuals have been killed, and 20 others injured, in two shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the shootings. Police also discovered explosive devices nearby. Officials has designated this incident as a terrorist attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.

February 16, 2016

 

Gustavo Julian Garcia was executed on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, by the state of Texas.  He was pronounced dead 6:26 pm CST, inside the Walls Unit execution chamber at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Gustavo was 43 years of age.  He was executed for the December 9, 2000, murder of 43-year-old Craig Turski in Plano, Texas.  Gustavo spent the last 24 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

 

On December 9, 1990, Gustavo Garcia and Christopher Vargas entered a warehouse in Plano, Texas.  Garcia was armed with a sawed-off shotgun and had additional shells in his pockets.  Garcia ordered the clerk, Craig Turski, to hand over the money from the cash register, while Vargas took beer and placed it into their waiting vehicle.  

 

Garcia then shot Craig in the abdomen at close range.  Craig fled from the storm.  Garcia pursued him while reloading his shotgun.  After reloading, Garcia shot Craig in the back of the head.

 

A female customer who had entered the store and promptly left when she saw Garcia forcing Craig to hand over the money, returned to the store with her husband.  Upon finding the store deserted, they called the police.  Craig was transported to a local hospital, where he eventually died from his gunshot wounds.

 

On January 5, 1991, Garcia and Vargas robbed another gas station.  They took the clerk, Gregory Martin into the back room and shot him at point blank range with the same gun that was used to shoot Craig weeks earlier.  Gregory died at the scene.  Upon seeing Garcia and Vargas enter the store, Gregory told his girlfriend, whom he was talking to on the phone, that he though he was going to be robbed.  She altered the police, who arrived quickly at the scene.

 

Police found Vargas standing over Gregory’s body.  Vargas alleged that he had just entered the store and found Gregory lying on the floor.  Garcia was found hiding in a freezer area, close to where the shotgun was later discovered.  Garcia confessed to both crimes.

 

Gustavo Garcia was sentenced to death, while Christopher Vargas was sentenced to life in prison.  On Thanksgiving 1998, while on death row, Gustavo attempted, along with six other death row inmates, to escape from prison.  Only one inmate made it past the prison fences.  Gustavo and the others were recaptured.  The escaped inmate was the first to successfully escape since a Bonnie and Clyde gang member escaped in 1934.  The inmate was discovered to have drowned shortly after his escape.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Craig and Gregory.  Please pray for peace for the family of Gustavo.  Please pray that if Gustavo is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, evidence will be presented prior to his execution.  Please pray that Gregory will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

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