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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.

June 9, 2015

 

Richard Strong was executed by the state of Missouri on June 9, 2015.  Richard was pronounced dead at 6:58 pm CDT, inside the execution chamber at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Corrections Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri.  Richard was 48 years of age.  Richard was executed for the double murder of his girlfriend Eva Washington, and her two-year-old daughter Zandrea Thomas, on October 23, 2000, in St. Louis County, Missouri.  Richard spent the last 12 years of his life on Missouri’s death row.

 

Richard alleged that he had an impoverished childhood filled with neglect, violence, and abuse.  Richard was abandoned by his father and allegedly suffered from seizures, disorganized attachment, and mental impairment.

 

At 3:30 pm, on October 23, 2000, the St. Ann police dispatch received a phone call that was disconnected almost immediately.  Upon replaying the call, the dispatcher heard a woman scream.  The dispatcher attempted to redial the number repeatedly until police arrived several minutes later.  The call came from the home of Eva Washington and her two daughters: two-year-old Zandrea Thomas and a three-month-old who was fathered by Richard Strong.  

 

When police knocked, they received no immediate answer at either the front or back door.  Strong eventually opened the back door and stepped outside, closing the door behind him.  He told police that Eva and the children were sleeping.  He later said Eva had gone to work.  When police asked to see the children, Strong claimed to have locked himself out and knocked on the door, calling for someone to open it.

 

Police noted that Strong had dark stains on his jeans, blood on his left hand, and was sweating.  They ordered Strong to stand aside and they kicked in the door, causing Strong to flee.  Officers chased Strong, who repeatedly told them “Just shoot me.”  After Strong was apprehended and handcuffed, he confessed, saying, “I killed them.”

 

The bodies of Eva and Zandrea were found in a bedroom.  Each had multiple stab wounds.  The three-month-old child was not injured.  Strong was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to death on May 9, 2003.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Eva and Zandrea.  Please pray for strength for the family or Richard Strong.

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