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On December 12, Pastor Jean Carlos Salazar (30), his wife, Ingrid Higuera (33), and their young daughter were brutally murdered in the town of El Trigrito, Anzoategui state, Venezuela by suspected satanic cult members, according to a December 15 report from Latin American Herald Tribune. At approximately 3:30 a.m., neighbours of the Salazars noticed that the family's home was in flames and phoned the fire department. When the fire officials arrived, they found the decapitated bodies of the Christians. The assailants reportedly also painted satanic slogans on the walls. Pastor Salazar was a preacher at the World Centre of Peace church and was well-known in the area.

Pray for those who are grieving the loss of these Christians. Pray that those responsible will repent and seek God's forgiveness.

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31,689,176 (July 2018 est.)

Ethnicity
Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Arab, German, African, indigenous people

Religion (%)
Nominally Roman Catholic (96), Protestant (2), other (2)

Leader
President Nicolas Maduro Moros

Government type
Federal presidential republic

Legal system
Civil law system based on the Spanish civil code

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