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Three men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

3 Killed in Utrecht, Netherlands
Three individuals have been killed, and five others injured, after a shooting on a tram in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands. Police are calling the incident a terrorist attack and are have arrested a suspect. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
180 Killed in Africa
At least 180 individuals have been killed across southern Africa, including 84 in Mozambique, from Cyclone Idai. The official death toll is expected to rise drastically, with President Filipe Nyusi speculating that over 1,000 have been killed. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for those who are missing. Please pray for all affected.
5 Killed in Mumbai, India
At least five individuals have been killed, and over 30 others injured, when a footbridge to Mumbai’s main train station collapsed. The reason for the collapse is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
8 Killed in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Eight individuals were killed at a school in Sao Paulo, Brazil after two former students opened fire inside the school. Five of those killed were students. The two gunman killed themselves as police arrived. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the community.
73 Killed in Papua
At least 73 individuals have died from a surprise flood in Papua, a province of Indonesia. The flash flooding was caused by torrential rain, which also caused mudslides and landslides. Over 60 others are missing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of the missing. Please pray for all those affected.
24 Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
At least 24 individuals were killed, and over 30 others injured, when a train overturned in Kasai province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of those killed were children. The cause of the accident is believed to be unmaintained tracks. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Protests Turn Violent in Paris, France
For the past four months, “yellow vests” protests have occurred in France, initially as an protest against the increase of fuel taxes. For the most part, the protests have been peaceful, however, they have now turned violent, with protestors smashing shops on the famed Champs-Élysées in Paris. Please pray for those affected. Please pray for peace.
2 Israelis Killed in West Bank
An Israeli soldier and a rabbi were killed by an unknown Palestinian attacker in the West Bank. The soldier was stabbed to death and then his rifle was used to kill the rabbi. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
3 Killed in Midwestern Flooding
At least three individuals have been killed due to severe flooding in the midwestern part of the United States. Rain, along with melting of snow has caused the flooding. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the safety of all affected.
49 Killed in Mosque Shootings
At least 49 individuals have been killed, and 20 others injured, in two shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the shootings. Police also discovered explosive devices nearby. Officials has designated this incident as a terrorist attack. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.

January 20, 2016

 

Richard Allen Masterson was executed by the state of Texas on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.  He was pronounced dead at 6:53 pm CDT, inside the Walls Unit execution chamber at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Richard was 43 years of age.  He was executed for the murder of Darin Shane Honeycutt on February 9, 2001, in Harris County, Texas.  Richard spent the last 12 years on Texas’ death row.

 

Richard was, according to his sister, abused by their father growing up.  He dropped out of school following the 6th grade.  He was previously arrested in Georgia and Tennessee for burglary.  Prior to his arrest in Texas, Richard worked as a welder, carpenter, and laborer.

 

Richard Masterson and Darin Honeycutt, who went by the stage name of Brandi Houston, met at a bar in Houston, Texas.  The two went back to Darin’s apartment, where Masterson proceeded to place Darin in a chokehold to render him unconscious.  After Darin was unconscious, Masterson ransacked the apartment, stealing many items, including Darin’s vehicle.  In the following days, Masterson was heard to make statements to different individuals suggesting that he had killed someone.

 

Masterson drove east, making his way to Florida, where he was eventually arrested driving a different stolen vehicle.  A Houston Police detective went to Florida to interview Masterson, as he was the prime suspect in Darin’s death.  During the interview, Masterson confessed to killing Darin.  Masterson maintained that the chokehold was part of a consensual sex act that went bad.  Later, during his trial, Masterson would claim that his confession was not voluntary.

 

Masterson was convicted and sentenced to death on May 15, 2002.

 

Please pray for peace for the family of Darin Honeycutt.  Please pray for strength for the family of Richard Masterson.

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