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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.

Update: Tuesday, May 12, 2015  7:41 pm EDT

 

Derrick Dewayne Charles was executed by the state of Texas on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.  Derrick was pronounced dead at 6:36 pm CDT, inside the Walls Unit execution chamber of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Derrick was 32 years of age.  He was executed for the murder of 77-year-old Obie Lee Bennett, 44-year-old Brenda Bennett, and 15-year-old Myiesha Bennett, on July 2, 2002, in their Harris County, Texas home.  Derrick spent the last 11 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

 

Derrick had a difficult birth and childhood.  He was born prematurely to a mother who had schizophrenia.  As an infant Derrick suffered from at least two seizures.  Throughout his life he had a history of depression.  Derrick grew up in poverty and, due to his mother’s mental state, was not always provided with food and clothing.  Life at home was turbulent.  Due to his mother’s mental illness, Derrick was never able to receive proper treatment for his depression growing up.  He was violent at school and expelled at least four times due to his violence and disruptiveness.  During the limited treatment he received for his depression, Derrick was uncooperative.  Derrick was arrested several times as a juvenile and spent time in the Texas Youth Commission, where it was frequently documented that he misbehaved.

 

On July 2, 2002, Derrick Charles was hiding in the closet of his underage girlfriend, Myiesha Bennett.  After she and her mother left, Charles exited the closet and was surprised to find Myiesha’s grandfather, Obie, still in the house.  Charles beat the elderly man with his fists, a lamp, and two trophies before strangling him to death.

 

Charles then waited for over three hours for Myiesha and her mother to return home.  Once they returned home, Charles beat Myiesha with stereo speakers, dropped a television on her head, and strangled her.  She did not survive.  Charles also killed Brenda, Myiesha’s mother.  Charles put her in a tub of water and threw a plugged-in television in with her.  He then dragged her throughout the house and raped her before strangling her to death.  Allegedly, Charles was upset with Brenda because she had told the police that he was sleeping with her daughter.

 

Charles was arrested the following day.  At the time of the murders, Charles was on parole for a burglary conviction.  Charles confessed to the three murders.  He was sentenced to death on May 27, 2003.

   

Please pray for peace and healing for the Bennett family.  Please pray for strength for the family of Derrick Charles.

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