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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 19, 2015

 

Marcus Ray Johnson was executed on Thursday, November 19, 2015, by the state of Georgia.  Marcus was pronounced dead at 10:11 pm EST, inside the execution chamber at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia.  He was 50 years of age.  He was executed for the rape and murder of 34-year-old Angela Sizemore on March 24, 1994, in Albany, Georgia.  Marcus spent the last 27 years on Georgia’s death row.

 

During the very early morning hours of March 24, 1994, Angela Sizemore and Marcus Johnson were both drinking at a local bar in Albany, Georgia.  According to witnesses, Johnson was upset because he had been rejected by a woman earlier in the evening.  Angela was mourning the loss of a friend and had been cut off due to her excessive drinking.  Johnson and Angela were seen by the bar owner and a security officer kissing, and, later, leaving together.  The bartender specifically remembered giving Angela’s car keys to Johnson around 2:30 am.

 

At approximately 8:00 am, on March 24, 1994, Angela’s body was discovered in her vehicle behind an apartment complex, across town from the bar where she was last seen.  She was found lying across the front passenger seat, stabbed to death.  Two witnesses testified that they saw Johnson walking away from the apartment complex where Angela was found, approximately one hour earlier.  The witnesses testified that Johnson drew their attention because he was out of place in the predominately African-American neighborhood.

 

Police eventually determined that Angela had been murdered in a vacant lot that was two blocks from the bar where Angela and Johnson met the night before. It was also less than a block from the house where Johnson lived with his mother.  When police went to arrest Johnson, he blurted out “I’m Marcus Ray Johnson.  I’m the person you’re looking for,” before the police were able to tell Johnson why he was under arrest.

 

DNA testing showed that Angela’s blood was on the clothing Johnson was identified as wearing that night.  The over 40 stab wounds matched Johnson’s pocket knife.  Johnson eventually confessed that he and Angela had sex in a vacant lot, after which he “lost it” because she wanted to snuggle and he did not.  He remembered hitting her and walking away, but does not remember anything else until the following morning, when he woke up in his front yard.

 

On October 2, 1994, Johnson was able to escape from the Miller County jail, where he was being held for trial, by stealing the 76-year-old deputy’s weapon.  Johnson struck the officer on the back of the head, requiring him to get staples.  Johnson was recaptured the following day.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Angela.  Please pray for strength for the family of Marcus Johnson. 

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