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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

10 Killed in Brazil
Ten teenage football (soccer) players were killed after a fire broke out in their dormitory at a youth team training centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Three other teenagers were taken to the hospital for injuries. According to one of players, the cause of the fire was the air conditioner, however an investigation is ongoing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
6 Killed in Chile
Extreme rainfall in Chile has led to floods and the reactivation of a waterfall in the Atacama Desert. The waterfall had been dry for a decade. The extreme rainfall has killed at least 6 individuals and has also forced residents to flee their homes, due to the overflowing rivers. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for all those affected.
4 Killed in Haiti
At least four individuals have been killed, and dozens of others injured during four days of, often, violent protests in the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. The protests are against current President Jovenel Moise, with calls for him to step down, after accusations of corruption. Other government officials have also been accused of corruption. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
Yellow Vest Protests Continue in France
As the protests enter their 13th week, a protester has had his finger blown off after attempting to pick up a rubber pellet grenade. The protests began over fuel taxes in November 2018, and have since evolved as a general protest against President Emmanuel Macron and the political class, who the protesters see as out of touch. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for a resolution.
US Government Funding Talks Stall
If no legislation is passed by Friday, the US government could face another shutdown, three weeks after the last shutdown ended. Please pray for wisdom among the elected officials. Please pray for a resolution.
100 Car Collision in China
At least two individuals have been killed, and 50 others injured, when over 100 vehicles were involved in a pile-up in southwest Guizhou province. While the cause of the accident is under investigation, officials note that the pile-up occurred on slippery roads, with the temperature dropping after a rain. Pleas pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the healing of the injured.
97 Children Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
Last year, an Ebola outbreak began in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has since resulted in the death of the 97 children, with the number of new cases doubling in January. Over half of those deaths were children under the age of 65. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the infected. Please pray that a cure may be found.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

 

John David Battaglia was executed by the state of Texas on Thursday, February 1, 2018.  John was pronounced dead at 9:40 pm CST, inside the execution chamber at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  His execution was delayed for several hours due to appeals.  John was 62 years of age.  John was executed for the murders of his two daughters nine-year-old Faith and 6-year-old Liberty, on May 2, 2001, in Dallas, Texas.  John spent the last 15 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

 

John had graduated from high school and worked as an accountant prior to his arrest.  During his twenties, John was diagnosed as bipolar.  John was married for two years to Michelle Gheddi, with whom he had one daughter.  He was verbally and physically abusive towards Michelle, once striking her while she was holding their daughter, causing Michelle to drop her.  After their separation, John continued to stalk and harass Michelle at her home and work.

 

John Battaglia and Mary Jean Pearl were married in 1991.  They divorced nine years later.  During their time together, Battaglia and Mary had two daughters together: Mary Faith, born in January 1992, and Liberty, born in January 1995.  Throughout the marriage, Mary, like Michelle, alleged that Battaglia was verbally abusive towards her.  She divorced him after he began physically assaulting her.  She filed assault charges against him, and Battaglia was placed on probation, which meant he could not own a firearm.  She also filed for, and was granted, a protective order.

 

Around Easter in 2001, Battaglia called and left a telephone message for Mary.  During the message, he swore at her and called her names.  When Mary reported this contact to Battaglia’s probation officer, Battaglia learned that he was being considered for probation revocation.  

 

On May 2, 2001, Battaglia learned that a warrant had been issued for his arrest.  A police officer informed him that he could make arrangements to peacefully turn himself in and that he would not be arrested in front of his children.  Battaglia had plans to have dinner with his daughters that evening.  Mary dropped off the children and went to a friend’s house, where she was informed that her daughters had called.

When Mary called back, Battaglia told her that she was on speakerphone.  He then instructed Faith in “ask her.”  Faith asked, “Mommy, why do you want Daddy to go to jail?”  Mary tried to talk to Battaglia, telling him not to do this when she heard Faith say, “No, Daddy, please don’t, don't do it.”  Mary told her children to run for the door and then she heard gunshots.  She then heard Battaglia say, “Merry [expletive deleted] Christmas.”  Mary heard more gunshots, hung up, and called the police.

 

Police discovered that both girls had been shot and killed.  Faith received three gunshot wounds, two of which would have been fatal almost immediately.  Liberty was shot four times and had a graze wound.  One shot was immediately fatal, while another resulted in significant blood loss.  Police also found the murder weapon at the scene, along with several other weapons and ammunition.  Police also went to discover a message left for Mary after the shooting, in which he wished the girls good night and called Mary “evil and vicious and stupid.”

 

Following the shooting, Battaglia went with a girlfriend to bar and then a tattoo parlor to get tattoos related to his daughters.  Battaglia was arrested the following day, taking four police officers to subdue him.  Battaglia was also carrying a fully loaded revolver in his vehicle.

 

Battaglia was convicted of murdering his two young daughters and sentenced to death on April 20, 2002.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Faith and Liberty.  Please pray for strength for the family of John Battaglia.

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