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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.

Updated: Monday, October 8, 2018  11:50 am EDT

 

Juan Ramon Meza Segundo was scheduled to occur at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  His execution has been stayed.  Fifty-five-year-old Juan is convicted of raping and murdering 11-year-old Vanessa Villa on August 3, 1986, in Fort Worth, Texas.  Juan has spent the last 11 years on Texas’ death row.

 

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has halted Juan's execution.  His execution was stayed to allow time to consider if Juan is intellectually disabled and therefore ineligible to be executed.

 

Juan was born in Los Angeles, California.  Juan had a difficult childhood, often not having enough food.  His father was physically abusive, eventually causing the family to move to El Paso, Texas.  Juan also spent some time in an orphanage, before being returned to his mother, who remarried.  His step-father was also physically abusive.  He dropped out of school after the 7th grade.  Prior to his arrest, he worked as a landscaper and general laborer.  In 1988, Juan was given a 10-year prison sentence for burglary of a habitation.  He was released on parole after serving just one year.  While on parole, Juan was convicted of driving while intoxicated, adding five more years to his sentence.

 

Vanessa Villa lived in Fort Worth, Texas with her mother, Rosa Clark; her brother Enrique; and her aunt, Alicia Avila; and her aunt’s three children.  On Saturday, August 2, 1986, Vanessa returned home in the evening after working at a flea market.  Tired, she went to bed immediately, full clothed.  Later that night, her mother and aunt left to run some errands.  When they returned,  Rosa went to check on Vanessa.

 

Rosa quickly yelled for Alicia.  Vanessa was unconscious on the bed.  She was bare from the waist down and her top had been pushed up.  Her legs were slightly apart, with fluid on her legs.  The window fan in the room had been pushed inside and the window screen was loosely hanging.  They called the police and Vanessa was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.  The cause of death was strangulation.

 

Police were able to collect DNA evidence and it was used to rule out several possible suspects.  Vanessa’s rape and murder eventually became a “cold case.”

In 2000, a blood sample was taken from Juan Segundo.  His DNA profile was entered into a statewide database that compares samples to unsolved crime scene samples.  In 2005, a match was made from Segundo to the evidence from Vanessa’s rape and murder.  A verification test was performed the next month.  A second sample was obtained from Segundo and again compared.  The DNA not only matched, but a specific micro-allele in Segundo’s DNA made the odds astronomical that the DNA belonged to anyone else.  

 

During his trial, Segundo’s brother, Val Meza, testified that Segundo had turned his life around since being released from prison in 2000.  Since that time, Segundo got a job, got married, and began regularly attending church.  He also worked for a no-profit church entity.  He was found guilty of rape and murder and sentenced to death in February 2007.

 

Segundo had initially been a suspect, as he knew the family, even attending Vanessa’s wake and signing the guest book.  

 

Segundo has also been linked to several other crimes and attacks.  He was twice convicted of misdemeanor burglary for breaking into two women’s homes, through the window, and attacking them.  

 

DNA evidence has also linked him to the murder of three other women: 23-year-old Melissa Badillo, Francis Williams, and 32-year-old Maria Reyna Narvarro.  He has not been tried for the murder of any of these women.

 

Please pray for the families of Vanessa, Melissa, Francis, Maria, and any others who have been affected by Juan Segundo’s crimes.  Please pray for strength for the family of Juan.  Please pray that if Juan is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be provided prior to his execution.  Please pray that Juan may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

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