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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.

November 18, 2015  

 

Raphael Deon Holiday was executed by the state of Texas on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.  He was pronounced dead at 8:30 pm CST, inside the Walls Unit execution chamber at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Raphael was 36 years of age.  He was convicted of murdering his one-year-old daughter Justice, and his two stepdaughters, five-year-old Jasmine and seven-year-old Tierra, on September 6, 2000, in Madison County, Texas.  Raphael spent the last 13 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

 

Raphael dropped out of school following the ninth grade.  Prior to his arrest, he worked as a cook and a forklift operator.  According to a psychiatrist, Raphael suffered from depression and had poor internal mechanisms for coping with stress and frustration.

 

Raphael Holiday lived with Tami Lynn Wilkerson in a log home built by Tami’s father, in a secluded, wooded area, approximately ten miles from the main highway and two miles from the home of Tami’s mother.  Raphael and Tami had a one-year-old daughter, Justice, together.  Also living with them was Tami’s two daughters, five-year-old Jasmine and seven-year-old Tierra.

 

In March of 2000, Tami learned that Holiday had sexually assaulted Tierra and filed charges against him.  She also obtained a protective order against him.  Tami and her family, including Justice, continued to live in the log home, while Holiday moved out.  Despite the protective order, Tami and Holiday met several times between April and the end of August.  The meetings were to allow him to see his daughter and deal with threats he had made.

 

In August, Holiday arrived at the restaurant when Tami worked.  Tami locked herself in the office and called the police when Holiday attempted to pick the lock and gain entrance.  Police arrived and removed Holiday from the premise.  Approximately one week later, Holiday called Tami and said he needed help jump starting his vehicle.  When Tami arrived, Holiday took her keys, told her that he had two guns and forced her to have sex with him.  He then forced her into the car and threatened to crash the car, killing both of them.  Tami eventually convicted Holiday to release.  After that incident, she no longer accepted calls from Holiday.

 

Around 11 pm on September 5, 2000, a daughter heard glass breaking outside of their log home.  Tami looked out the window and saw a figure walking towards the house.  She called her mother, Beverly Mitchell, for help.  Beverly arrived a short time later, along with an uncle, Terry Keller.  Terry had a shotgun and began walking around the house and yard.  Beverly took Jasmine and Tierra to her car, returning to the home for Justice.  At that time, she also picked up the phone to call the police.  

 

Holiday entered the home, grabbing the phone and throwing it against the wall.  Tami entered the room, saw Holiday, and ran outside for help.  Holiday told Beverly that he was going to make Tami pay for taking away his daughter.  Terry entered the house, prompting Holiday to hold Beverly in a headlock unless Terry released his gun.  Holiday grabbed the gun and began ranting about killing all of them.  He poured gasoline on and around the car where Tierra and Jasmine were, but was unable to light the fire.

 

Holiday forced Beverly to take him to her house to obtain more gasoline.  He ordered everyone to stay in the house while he was gone.  When he returned, Terry was gone.  Holiday ordered Beverly to pour gasoline in the home.  He then ignited the fire.  Beverly was blocked from returning to the children and she ran outside.  Holiday fled the home, ramming a police car as he did so.  

 

Tami had managed to call the police from a neighbor’s home.  When she arrived back at her home, it was engulfed in flames, killing all three children who were trapped inside.

 

Holiday was charged and convicted on three separate counts of murder.  Holiday attempted to argue that he did not intend to kill the children, but that the fire started accidentally.

  

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Tierra, Jasmine, and Justice.  Please pray for strength for the family of Raphael Holiday. 

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