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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

78 Killed in Dhaka, Bangladesh
At least 78 individuals have been killed, and dozens injured, after a fire in the historic Dhaka district, the capital of Bangladesh. In the area of the fire, buildings are closely packed together, with narrow streets, and many buildings are run-down. The fire is believed to have been caused when fuel cylinder in a car exploded. The fire spread rapidly. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all that are affected.
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.
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.
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.

April 9, 2015

 

Kent William Sprouse was executed by the state of Texas on Thursday, April 9, 2015.  He was pronounced dead at 6:33 pm CDT, inside the Walls Unit execution chamber at that Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  He was 42 years of age.  Kent was executed for the murder of Pedro Moreno and 28-year-old Ferris Police Officer Harry Marvin "Marty" Steinfeldt III, which occurred on October 6, 2002, in Ferris Texas.  Kent spent the last 11 years of his life on Texas' death row.

 

Kent, originally from Boone, Missouri, had graduated from high school and worked as a welder, builder, and laborer prior to his arrest.  Kent’s mother testified that he became paranoid in 2001, believing that the CIA and FBI were after him.  She had him committed to a mental institution for 72 hours in April or May of 2002.  After his release, she stated that his condition appeared to worsen.  Kent had also abused drugs for an extended period of time.  Kent had not previously been convicted.

 

On October 6, 2002, Kent Sprouse stopped at a gas station and food mart in Ferris, Texas.  He was observed to be carrying a shotgun, which he later fired in the direction of the pay telephones, where two men were standing.  When approached by a bystander, Sprouse claimed the gun was not real.  Sprouse asked the man, Brad Carroll, to help him start his vehicle.  Brad initially agreed, but upon seeing boxes of gunshot in Sprouse’s vehicle, Brad determined that the gun was real and left.  As he was leaving, he heard  another shot observed Sprouse pointing his weapon at a man lying on the ground, bleeding.  Brad observed a police vehicle pull in as he was leaving and he heard two more gunshots.

 

The first shot heard by Brad, struck Pedro Moreno, who was filling his vehicle with gas. Officer Harry Steinfeldt III, dressed in a police uniform and driving a police vehicle, responded to the shooting at the gas station.  Officer Steinfeldt first noticed Pedro on the ground, before turning towards Sprouse’s vehicle.  Sprouse shot at Officer Steinfeldt, who returned fire after collapsing.  Shortly thereafter, Officer Brad Lindsey arrived on the scene and arrested Sprouse without incident.  Pedro and Officer Steinfeldt both died from their injuries.

 

Sprouse was also taken to the hospital, as he had received injuries during the shooting.  Hospital staff reported that he was uncooperative while receiving treatment.  Sprouse also admitted to have taken marijuana and methamphetamines within 48 hours of the incident.  While receiving treatment, Sprouse made repeated references to the “two cops” who “got whacked.”

 

During his trial, Sprouse and his attorneys alleged that he was suffering from paranoid delusions at the time of the crime and was schizophrenic.  

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Pedro and Officer Steinfeldt.  Please pray for strength for the family of Kent Sprouse. 

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