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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.

Update: March 19, 2014

 

Ray Jasper III was executed shortly after 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, March 19, 2014, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.Ray was 33 years of age.Ray was executed for the murder of David Alejandro in David's music recording studio in San Antonio, Texas.Ray spent the last 14 years of his life on Texas' death row.

 

Ray grew up in a stable home.His father was a career military man and his parents were happily married.Ray was expelled from school in the 8th grade for possessing marijuana.He was then expelled from an alternative school.Ray began his criminal career at the age of 15 by stealing a bicycle.His crimes continued to escalate: possession of drugs, attempted burglary, an incident of violence against an off-duty police officer when he caught Ray attempting to break into a home.

 

On November 29, 1998, aspiring rapper Ray Jasper and friends Steve Russell and Doug Williams, went to a recording studio owned by David Alejandro to record some music. Approximately one week before, Jasper and his two friends had decided to kill David so that they could steal some of his recording equipment and not have David identify them.Jasper wanted the money so that he could move out of his parent's house and into an apartment with his girlfriend and mother of his child.Jasper and one of his friends carried concealed knives into the studio.After recording music for approximately two hours, with David working the controls, Jasper decided it was time to kill David.Jasper grabbed David by his hair, pulled his head back, and slit his throat from ear to ear.David covered his throat in a desperate attempt to stop the blood.David jumped and fought for his life.He was stabbed an additional 25 times.The final stab wound was to the back of the neck.The knife was left in David's body.David’s body was covered with a sheet as the trio began ripping out equipment and loading it into the vans they had brought.Jasper fled the scene when an armed police officer approached.He was apprehended days later outside of his house.

 

Jasper confessed to police on December 2, 1998.Jasper admitted to planning the robbery/murder and to recruiting the two accomplices.He described what happened in detail, which was later corroborated by his girlfriend, police officers, security guards, and physical evidence.In court Jasper admits to cutting David’s throat, however, he denies killing David, as the medical examiner attributed David's death to the additional stab wounds, not the slit throat.

 

Jasper convicted by a jury and given a death sentence.Jasper’s two accomplices, Steve and Doug, each received a life sentence.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of David Alejandro.Please pray for strength for the family Ray Jasper.

 

 

 

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