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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.

Andre Cole was executed by the state of Missouri on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.  Andre was pronounced dead at 10:24 pm CDT, inside the execution chamber at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Corrections Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri.  Andre was 52 years of age.  He was executed for the murder of Anthony Curtis, which occurred on August 21, 1998, in St. Louis County, Missouri.  Andre spent the last 14 years of his life on Missouri's death row.

 

Growing up, Andre participated in cub scouts, attended church with his family, and enjoyed bowling, shopping, and going places with friends.  Andre was also described as a hard worker.  Andre was employed at the St. Louis Zoo at the time of the murder.   Andre’s family testified that he was loving and reliable.  Andre had previously been convicted on two felony counts for unlawful use of weapon.  He also had misdemeanor convictions for failure to return to confinement and violation of an order of protection.

 

Andre and Terri Cole divorced in the spring of 1995, after having two children together.  Over the next two years, the couple would attempt to rekindle their relationship and work out their problems, however, they were never successful.  By July of 1998, Terri had stopped seeing Andre and had begun a relationship with Anthony Curtis.  Andre had also moved on and was seeing someone new.  At the end of July, after hearing that Andre was seeing someone and planning to attempt to gain custody of their children, Terri changed her phone number and refused to give it to Andre.

 

As part of their divorce, Andre was required to pay child support, $320 a month.  Andre fell behind in payments during the summer of 1998, and was issued a wage withholding order.  This had previously happened to Andre, however, coworkers heard Andre saying, “Before I give her another dime I’ll kill the [expletive deleted].”  Andre’s first paycheck with a wage deduction was received on August 21, 1998.

 

Prior to that date, Andre had attempted to contact Terri and his children several times.  He would often show up at her home during the day and night, ringing the doorbell and knocking on the door.

 

On the evening of August 21, 1998, Terri and the man she was seeing, Anthony, were enjoying a night in, watching movies and eating, while the children were out.  While they were watching a movie, they heard a crash from the dining room.  Andre had broken the glass sliding door.  Andre began yelling and cursing at Terri, wanting to know why she was doing this and that he knew she loved him.  

 

Anthony opened the front door and told Andre to leave.  Andre attacked Anthony with a knife, stabbing him several times, inflicting several lethal wounds.  Andre then attacked Terri, stabbing her several times.  Anthony did not survive his injuries.  Terri required extensive rehabilitation, but survived.

 

Andre went on the run, staying with a relative in Tennessee.  He turned himself into the police on September 23, 1998.  Andre claims that he is innocent of the crime for which he was convicted.  Andre claims that Anthony advanced towards him with the knife.  Terri was injured attempting to stop Anthony.  Andre also alleged that Terri killed Anthony during their fight.  Andre attempted to help Terri, but she insisted that he leave.  Andre said he did not call the police that night as he was afraid he would be set up and accused.

 

Terri testified that she did not return to her home until after Andre was arrested because she was afraid he would come after her.  Andre was convicted and sentenced to death on March 9, 2001.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Anthony Curtis.  Please pray for peace and healing for Terri and her family.  Pray for strength for the family of Andre. 

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