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Three men and no women have been

executed in the United States in 2018.

5 Killed in Russian Shooting
Five women have been killed, and five others injured, during a shooting at a church in Kizlyar, Russia. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. The shooter being firing as people were leaving an evening service. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
14 Killed in Helicopter Crash in Mexico
At least 14 individuals were killed, including a baby, when a helicopter crashed in Oaxaca, Mexico. All the deceased were on the ground. The city had recently experienced a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, and the helicopter was flying officials over the damaged area. It crashed when the pilot lost control while landing. Please pray for the families of the deceased.
Fatalities, Injuries at Florida School Shooting
At least 20 students have been injured, and 17 killed, in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Police have the shooter in custody. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Pease pray for peace.
Missing Plane in Iran
A missing plane that has allegedly crashed and killed all 66 individuals onboard, has not yet been located. The plane is believed to have crashed due to bad weather, which is also hindering the search for the plane. Please pray for the families of those who were onboard the aircraft.
17 Killed in Maputo, Mozambique
In Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, at least 17 individuals have died after a pile of trash collapsed. It is believed that more individuals are trapped beneath the pile, which crushed some of the makeshift homes established by the homeless who live there. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of the rescue workers and for those who may still be trapped.
27 Killed in Baghdad, Iraq
At least 27 individuals are dead after militants ambushed a paramilitary troop just north of Baghdad. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
2018 Winter Olympics Under Way
Please pray for the safety of all competing and attending.

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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