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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

5 Killed in Aurora, Illinois
Five individuals were shot and killed at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois. Five police officers were injured and the gunman was eventually killed by the police. On the day of the shooting, the shooter was being fired from his position at the plant, where he had worked for the last 15 years. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
4 Killed in Kashmir
Four Indian soldiers have been killed in India-administered Kashmir, following a clash with militants. Recently, in the same region, over 40 others were killed in a suicide attack. Pakistani and Indian forces have been battling over the area. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
Flooded Gold Mine in Zimbabwe
Nine miners have been rescued alive from a flooded, illegal gold mine in Zimbabwe, while the bodies of 24 others have been recovered. Flooding occurring after a dam burst. While nine have been rescued, dozens of others remain missing and are feared dead. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the missing miners and for their families.
9 Killed in Chittagong, Bangladesh
At least nine individuals have been killed, and over 50 others injured, after a fire in a slum in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The cause of the fires is suspected to be a short circuit. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all those affected.
Force Withdraw Agreement in Yemen
Government and rebel forces have reached an agreement to withdraw forces around the port of Hudaydah. The withdraw is part of a ceasefire agreement reached last year. The conflict began in 2015, and has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and injuries. Please pray for peace in the region. Please pray for the families of the deceased and for healing for the injured.
7 Killed in Haiti
At least seven individuals have been killed as a result of protests against the government in Haiti. Protesters are protesting the soaring inflation and accuse the government of corruption and misappropriation of funds. The protesters have also asked for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. The President has rejected the idea. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for peace.
17 Killed in New Delhi, India
At least 17 individuals have been killed after a fire in a hotel in New Delhi, India. Thirty-five others were rescued from the fire and 19 were taken to the hospital for injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Heat Wave in Australia
A record heat wave, following a record drought, in Australia have farmers, and others, worried. The drought and heat have caused animals to die and worries that crops will not be able to be planted. Across the globe, the United States is experiencing record cold temperatures. Please pray for all those affected by extreme temperatures. Please pray for their safety and health.

Elroy Chester was executed by the state of Texas on June 12, 2013.  Elroy was pronounced dead at 7:04 pm CDT, inside the Wall Unit execution chamber at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Elroy was 43 years of age.  He was executed for the murder of 38-year-old firefighter Willie Ryman III, on February 6, 1998, during a robbery of Willie’s sister’s home in Port Arthur, Texas.  During the robbery, Elroy also raped Willie’s two nieces.  After his arrest, he confessed to the crime, along with two other murders and three attempt to commit murder.  During his trial, Elroy bragged about the robbery and expressed his wish to kill more people.  He also threatened to kill police officers and prison guards if he was sent to jail.

 

Elroy graduated from high school, although he was in special education classes, which was taught at a third grade level.  Elroy had never lived independently and could not read or write well enough to fill out a job application.  Elroy only ever had menial labor jobs.  He had previously been involved in two other burglaries and served time for them.  He also served time for violating his parole. 

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Willie Ryman.  Please pray for the family of Elroy.  Elroy said that he had turned his life over to Christ.

 

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