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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.

Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2018  7:01 pm EDT

 

Rosendo Rodriguez III has been executed by the state of Texas.  Read more here.

 

Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2018  7:01 pm EDT

 

Rosendo Rodriguez III has had his appeals rejected.

 

Updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2018  5:41 pm EDT

 

Rosendo Rodriguez III has an appeal pending before the Supreme Court of the United States.  He is seeking to halt his execution.

 

Updated: Monday, March 26, 2018  11:41 am EDT

 

Rosendo Rodriguez III is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Thirty-eight-year-old Rosendo is convicted of the murder of 29-year-old Summer Baldwin and her unborn child in 2005.  Rosendo has spent the last 9 years 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.

 

On March 6, 2018, State District Judge Jim Bob Darnell has denied a request for a stay of execution by Rodriguez.  The reason for the judges decision was not given.  The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has also refused to halt Rodriguez' execution.  Rodriguez requested his execution be halted on the grounds that the prosecution failed to disclose necessary information and used discredited scientists.  The court rejected the claims.  Additionally, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has recommended that Texas Governor Greg Abbott deny clemency.

 

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

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