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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.

July 14, 2015

 

David Michael Zink was executed by the state of Missouri on July 14, 2015.  He was pronounced dead at 7:41 pm CDT, inside the execution chamber at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Corrections Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri.  Fifty-five-year-old David was convicted of the kidnapping and brutal murder of Amanda Morton on July 12, 2001, in Strafford, Missouri.  David spent the last 11 years of his life on Missouri’s death row.

 

David had a family history of psychological disorders.  He had a difficult childhood with parents who were emotionally distant and emotionally abusive.  David’s home environment was chaotic and his parents frequently used alcohol.  As an adult, David also abused alcohol.  David also alleged that he was abandoned as a child and was sexually traumatized.  Witnesses at David’s trial testified that he was a caring person and hard worker.

 

Amanda Morton’s vehicle was found abandoned by the police on July 12, 2001.  The keys were still in the ignition with the engine running.  The headlights and hazard lights were also still on, with the driver’s side window rolled down.  Upon further investigation, police discovered Amanda’s purse, including credit cards and medications, inside the vehicle.

 

That evening a motel owner recognized Amanda’s picture on the news.  She had checked in earlier that day with a Mr. David Zink.  Using information provided by the motel owner, police were able to apprehend Zink at his home.  

 

Zink waived his Miranda rights, and shortly thereafter, confessed to the crime, telling police where he had buried Amanda.  Amanda had a broken neck, sustained injuries consistent with strangulation and being tied up, had eight broken ribs, and between 50 and 100 blunt force injuries.  It was also later determined that Zink had run Amanda’s car off the road.

 

Zink also confessed to hitting Amanda’s car, although he changed his statement regarding whether Amanda went with him willing.  He decided to kill her, fearing that she would go to the police and he would end up back in prison, as he was on parole at the time.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Amanda Morton.  Please pray for the family of David Zink.

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