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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 27, 2016

 

James Garrett Freeman was executed by the state of Texas on Wednesday, January 27, 2016.  James was pronounced dead shortly after 6:00 pm CST, inside the Walls Unit execution chamber at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  He was 35 years of age.  James was convicted of the murder of 34-year-old Wharton County Game Warden Justin Hurst on March 17, 2007, in Lissie, Texas.  James spent the last 7 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

 

James was known to be easily angered and had a progressive history of alcohol abuse.  He had previously received citations for driving under the influence.  He was also on probation for driving while intoxicated.  James graduated from high school and worked as a welder prior to his arrest.

 

After several complaints of shots being fired at night, Texas Game Warden Jonathan Blackburn surveilled the area on Friday, March 16, 2007.  Around 11:00 pm, he saw a truck driving slowly and then heard a gunshot from a small caliber rifle, such as a .22.  As it is against the law to fire shots or hunt from the side of the road, Blackburn investigated.

 

As he drove towards the vehicle, Blackburn activated his “red and blue lights.”  The truck did not stop, driving past Blackburn.  Blackburn followed the vehicle down various roads with speeds ranging from 45 to over 100 miles per hour.  He also requested back-up from Wharton County Sheriff’s Office.  Two officers in marked patrol cars joined the pursuit and took over as the lead from Blackburn.  Three other officers also joined the pursuit.

 

Texas Game Warden Justin Hurst, who was not part of the chase, told officers that he was going to attempt to set up a roadblock.  The driver of the truck was able to avoid the roadblock, and Hurst joined the pursuit.  The chase ensued for at least another 30 minutes.  Blackburn indicated that there was no spot where the suspect could have pulled over to stop.  The suspect also managed to avoid several spike strips.

 

During the chase, a dispatcher determined, from the license plate, that the truck belonged to James Freeman.  Blackburn, along with another officer, were both familiar with Freeman, as they had written him a ticket a year earlier.  Initially, officers believed that the vehicle had been stolen, as the driver’s behavior did not match what they knew of Freeman.  Freeman was later determined to be the driver.

 

Eventually, Freeman drove over a spike strip, causing him to pull over and stop.  As Freeman exited the truck, keeping the truck between him and the police officers, he began firing on the officers.  Freeman fired until he appeared to be out of ammunition, with the officers returning fire.  He then “disappeared” and “came back out with a long gun,” an AK-47 assault rifle.  Freeman continued firing at the police.  Hurst moved out from under cover for a clear shot.  He was shot on his left side and died from his injuries.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Justin Hurst.  Please pray for strength for the family of James Freeman.

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