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Fifteen men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2018.

3 Killed in Aberdeen, Maryland
Three individuals have been killed, and two others injured, after a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland. The female shooter died of a self-inflicted injury. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
100 Killed in Nigeria
Over 100 individuals have been killed by flooding after the Niger River and Benue River overflowed their banks. The flooding was caused by heavy rain over the past weeks. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all in the affected areas.
Typhoon Mangkhut Causes Problems in the Philippines
At least 32 individuals in the mining town of Itogon have been buried in a shelter, after rains from Typhoon Mangkhut caused a landslide. Workers are currently working with bare hands to remove the rubble. Elsewhere, at least four others have been killed by the storm. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for those trapped. Please pray for the safety of the rescue workers. Please pray for all those affected by the typhoon.
5 Killed in Stampede in Angola
Five football (soccer) fans were killed leaving the stadium after a game. The deceased were trampled after locked gates were opened. Seven others were injured. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
5 Killed in Mexico City
At least five individuals have been killed, and eight others injured, after gunman opened fire in Mexico City, Mexico. The gunman was dressed as mariachi player and fled the scene on a motor bike. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
9 Killed in Hengyang, China
At least nine individuals have been killed, and 43 others injured, after a man drove his SUV into Binjiang square, in Hengyang city, in Hunan province, China. The driver has been detained. Although the attack has been described as deliberate, police have not stated if the incident is terror-related. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
2 Dead At Music Festival in Australia
At least two individuals have died of suspected drug overdoses, and 700 others have sought medical treatment, at a dance music festival in New South Wales, Australia. The annual event has run since 2009, and at least two others have died in recent years. There are now calls to end the event. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
15 Killed by Hurricane Florence
At least 15 individuals have reportedly been killed due to effects of Hurricane Florence making landfall. Flooding has cut off Wilmington, North Carolina from the rest of the state, and flooding remains a concern in many other areas. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all affected by the storm. Please pray for the safety of rescue workers.

On Friday, February 13, 2015, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf joined the governors of Oregon, Washington, and Colorado, in issuing a moratorium on executions within their states.  The recently elected Pennsylvania Governor, defended his position, saying the death penalty in the state was a “flawed system” that is “ineffective, unjust, and expensive.”  In accordance with this announcement, Wolf stayed upcoming executions.  

 

Governor Wolf does, however, leave the door open for possible future executions.  Wolf stated that the moratorium will remain in effect until he has “received and reviewed the forthcoming report of the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment, established under Senate Resolution 6 of 2011, and there is an opportunity to address all concerns satisfactorily.”

 

Pennsylvania currently has the fifth largest death row in the nation with 186 inmates.  Since the reinstating executions in 1978, Pennsylvania has only carried out three executions, all voluntary.  Additionally, six people who were on death row have been exonerated since 1978.

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