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Three men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

3 Killed in Utrecht, Netherlands
Three individuals have been killed, and five others injured, after a shooting on a tram in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands. Police are calling the incident a terrorist attack and are have arrested a suspect. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
180 Killed in Africa
At least 180 individuals have been killed across southern Africa, including 84 in Mozambique, from Cyclone Idai. The official death toll is expected to rise drastically, with President Filipe Nyusi speculating that over 1,000 have been killed. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for those who are missing. Please pray for all affected.
5 Killed in Mumbai, India
At least five individuals have been killed, and over 30 others injured, when a footbridge to Mumbai’s main train station collapsed. The reason for the collapse is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
8 Killed in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Eight individuals were killed at a school in Sao Paulo, Brazil after two former students opened fire inside the school. Five of those killed were students. The two gunman killed themselves as police arrived. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the community.
73 Killed in Papua
At least 73 individuals have died from a surprise flood in Papua, a province of Indonesia. The flash flooding was caused by torrential rain, which also caused mudslides and landslides. Over 60 others are missing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of the missing. Please pray for all those affected.
24 Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
At least 24 individuals were killed, and over 30 others injured, when a train overturned in Kasai province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of those killed were children. The cause of the accident is believed to be unmaintained tracks. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Protests Turn Violent in Paris, France
For the past four months, “yellow vests” protests have occurred in France, initially as an protest against the increase of fuel taxes. For the most part, the protests have been peaceful, however, they have now turned violent, with protestors smashing shops on the famed Champs-Élysées in Paris. Please pray for those affected. Please pray for peace.
2 Israelis Killed in West Bank
An Israeli soldier and a rabbi were killed by an unknown Palestinian attacker in the West Bank. The soldier was stabbed to death and then his rifle was used to kill the rabbi. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
3 Killed in Midwestern Flooding
At least three individuals have been killed due to severe flooding in the midwestern part of the United States. Rain, along with melting of snow has caused the flooding. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all affected.
49 Killed in Mosque Shootings
At least 49 individuals have been killed, and 20 others injured, in two shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the shootings. Police also discovered explosive devices nearby. Officials has designated this incident as a terrorist attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.

Updated: Monday, September 10, 2018  10:50 am EDT

 

Cleveland Ramon Jackson’s execution was scheduled to occur at 10 am EDT, on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Mansfield, Ohio.  His execution has been rescheduled to Wednesday, May 29, 2019.  Thirty-seven-year-old Cleveland is convicted of the murder of three-year-old Jalya Grant and 17-year-old Leneshia Williams during a robbery on January 3, 2000, in Lima, Ohio.  Cleveland has spent the last 13 years of his life on Ohio’s death row.

 

Cleveland Jackson had a difficult childhood with no positive male role models.  Cleveland’s father was stabbed to death in front of him by his mother when he was a toddler.  His mother had a drug problem and attempted suicide more than once, causing Cleveland to be removed from her and placed in a state home.  While in a foster home, Cleveland was raped.  While with his mother, she was abusive towards Cleveland.  Cleveland also had a juvenile record.

 

On January 3, 2002, Cleveland Jackson and his half-brother, Jeronique Cunningham, decided to rob the apartment of Shane Liles.  Jackson lured Shane out of the apartment to discuss a drug transaction in the staircase of the apartment complex.  Cunningham stayed in the apartment, watching television with three teenagers, included Leneshia Williams.  

 

Eventually, Cunningham stood up and ordered the three teenagers into the kitchen.  When the teenagers did not immediately comply, Cunningham stuck one of the teenagers in the jaw with a gun he had on him.  Jackson then pointed a gun at Shane and ordered him into the apartment.  After Jackson robbed Shane and his apartment of money and drugs, he forced Shane back into the kitchen, where the three teenagers were located, along with four other individuals, including three-year-old Jayla Grant.

Jackson ordered Shane to give him more money.  When Shane said that he had given Jackson all that he had, Jackson shot Shane in the back.  Jackson and Cunningham then opened fire on everyone in the kitchen.  They continued firing until they were out of ammunition.  They then fled the scene.

 

Everyone in the kitchen was shot at least once.  Leneshia Williams and Jayla Grant were killed.  During his trial, Jackson denied shooting anyone, except Shane, who was shot when Jackson’s gun accidentally discharged.  Jackson also testified that Cunningham’s gun malfunctions, causing him to grab Jackson’s gun and continue firing while Jackson fled the scene.  Finally, Jackson testified that Cunningham was the mastermind behind the robbery. (At Cunningham’s trial, Cunningham claimed Jackson was the mastermind)  Jackson and Cunningham were each separately sentenced to death.

 

Cleveland Jackson has had several previous execution dates, all of which have been postponed or rescheduled due to ongoing legal challenges to Ohio’s execution protocol.  Legal challenges began following the January 2014, execution of Dennis McGuire, who was executed using a new two-drug execution process.  Dennis’ execution took longer than expected, with debate over whether Dennis was fully unconscious for the execution.  An investigation followed the execution, resulting in numerous legal challenges to the execution protocol, and in numerous scheduled executions, including Cleveland’s, being delayed.

 

The investigation has since been concluded, and executions resumed in Ohio on July 26, 2017, with the execution of Ronald Phillips.  There were no reported complications during the execution.  Following that execution, Ohio Governor John Kasich rescheduled multiple executions, including Cleveland’s, spacing them out several weeks apart to ensure that each execution is carried out “in a humane and professional manner.”

  

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Jala Grant and Leneshia Williams  Please pray for strength for the family of Cleveland.  Please pray that Cleveland may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already found one.

 

  

 

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