Did You Know?

Eight men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2018.

Two Police Officers Killed in Florida
Two Gilchrist County deputies, whose names have not yet been released, were killed while they were eating lunch at a local restaurant. The shooter was found deceased in front of the restaurant when additionally deputies arrived at the scene. The motive of the shooter is currently unknown. Please pray for the families of the deceased.
Barbara Bush Dies
Former First Lady Barbara Bush has died at her home on April 17, 2018. She was 92 years of age. Barbara had been battling congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Over the weekend, she refused further treatment, wanting to be surrounded by friends and family. Barbara was married to the 41st President George H.W. Bush and is mother to the 43rd President George W. Bush. As First Lady, Barbara championed global literacy and has continued her work to that end after leaving the White House. Please pray for her family.
5 Killed in Barawe, Somalia
At least five individuals have been killed, and 10 others injured, following a bombing during a soccer game in Barawe, Somalia. Al-Shabaab, who is affiliated with Al Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the bombing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
7 Killed at South Carolina Prison
At least seven inmates were killed, and 17 others injured, during multiple fights at Lee Correction Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina. The fights broke out in three housing units. An investigation is currently ongoing. All prison staff and responding law enforcement officers have been reported safe, following the incident. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
Two Killed in London
Two individuals were killed in two separate stabbing attacks. A third attack has left an 18-year-old male in critical condition. Three suspects, one for each attack, have been arrested and an investigation is ongoing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
8 Killed in Colombia
Eight police officers were killed when a bomb was detonated as the car the officers were riding in, passed it. The gang Gulf Clan has been accused of the attack. Gulf Clan is Colombia’s largest drug gang, but also participates in extortion, illegal mining, human trafficking, and murder. Please pray for families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
14 Killed in Ghazni, Afghanistan
Fourteen individuals, including the district governor, were killed by a Taliban attack in Ghazni province in southeastern Afghanistan. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for those who were also injured in the attack. Please pray for peace.
257 Dead in Algeria
At least 257 individuals have died after a military plane crashed into a farm field outside Boufarik military base in Algeria. Most of those killed were members of the military or their families. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased.

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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