Did You Know?

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.

March 27, 2018


Rosendo Rodriguez III was executed by the state of Texas on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.  He was pronounced dead at 6:46 pm CDT, inside the Walls Unit execution chamber at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Rosendo was 38 years of age.  He was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of 29-year-old Summer Baldwin and her unborn child in 2005.  Rosendo spent the last 9 years of his life on Texas’ death row.


Rosendo grew up being abused by his domineering and alcoholic father.  Rosendo attended Texas Tech.  He was serving as a US Marine Corp reservist, and was in Lubbock, Texas for training at the time of the murder.  Prior to his arrest, Rosendo worked as an office clerk and in food service.  He had no prior prison record, however, following his initial arrest, he was also discovered to have murdered 16-year-old Joanna Rogers in 2004.


Summer Baldwin’s body was found stuffed inside of a suitcase in a Lubbock, Texas, city landfill on September 13, 2005.  Summer was a prostitute and a witness in federal counterfeiting case, making her death of interest to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  


Finical records obtained by the federal government showed that Rosendo Rodriguez’s debit card was used to buy an identical suitcase in WalMart the day before Summer’s body was discovered.  Video surveillance also showed Rodriguez with Summer.  Financial records also showed that Rodriguez rented a hotel room.  Hotel records showed that he signed in under the name “Thomas” Rodriguez.  Police arrested Rodriguez at his parent’s home in San Antonio, Texas.


Three weeks after his arrest, Rodriguez confessed to the murder of Summer.  According to his confession, the two engaged in consensual intercourse.  Rodriguez claimed that he killed Summer in self-defense when she came after him with a knife.  As police continued their investigation, they discovered that Rodriguez was also linked to the disappearance of teenager Joanna Rogers, who had been missing for over one year.  Like Summer, Joanna’s body was also found stuffed in a suitcase in a landfill in Lubbock, Texas.


In exchange for confessing to Joanna’s body, Rodriguez’s attorney negotiated a deal which would spare him from the death penalty, reduce the murder charge, grant him immunity for Joanna’s murder, and sentence him to life in prison.  On the day the plea bargain was to occur, Rodriguez’s attorney said that for the past 24 hours, Rodriguez had maintained that he did not understand anything he was being told and then told the trial judge that he did not understand the questions being asked of him.  The plea bargain did not go forward and Rodriguez’s attorney withdrew from the case.


Rodriguez was assigned new counsel and the trial began in 2008.  Rodriguez argued that his combat training kicked in, causing him to murder Summer when she attacked him with a knife.  He further alleged that he had no knowledge that she was pregnant.  The prosecution alleged that he sexually assaulted Summer before killing her by strangulation and disposing of the body.  Rodriguez was convicted and sentenced to death in April 2008.


Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Summer Baldwin and Joanna Rogers.  Please pray for strength for the family of Rosendo Rodriguez. 


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