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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.

Updated: Wednesday, February 3, 2016  8:46 am EST

 

Brandon Astor Jones was executed on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, by the state of Georgia.  He was pronounced dead at 12:46 am EST, inside the execution chamber at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia.  He was 72 years of age.  Brandon was executed for the murder of 29-year-old Roger Tackett on June 17, 1979, in Cobb County, Georgia.  Brandon spent the last 36 years of his life on Georgia’s death row.

 

Brandon was the oldest inmate on Georgia’s death row.  Brandon was scheduled to be executed at 7 pm EST, on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, however his execution was delayed several hours due to appeals and difficulty locating a vein for the lethal injection.

 

At 11:20 pm on June 16, 1979, Roger Tackett, the manager of a Tenneco convenience store arrived to close it for the night.  Roger remained late that night after all the employees left in order to complete some paperwork.

 

Around 1:45 am, Cobb County Police Officer Kendall drove a stranded motorist to use the pay phone at the store.  Officer Kendall observed a car, belonging to Roger, in front of the store with the driver’s-side door open and lights still on inside of the store.  Officer Kendall walked towards the store and observed, through the window, Brandon Jones in the storeroom doorway.  

 

Officer Kendall entered through the unlocked front door and heard three shots.  He announced himself as police and ordered everybody out.  When Officer Kendall received no response, he entered the storeroom, where he found Jones and Van Roosevelt Solomon standing.  Officer Kendall searched the men and handcuffed Jones, and then placed Solomon in his police car, as he only had once set of handcuffs.  He also radioed for backup.

 

A private security guard was the first to arrive and assist Officer Kendall.  Officer Kendall and the private security then re-entered the store and used a crowbar to break into the storeroom, which had locked when the door shut.  Inside, they found Roger, who had been shot five times from the back.  He died after a bullet penetrated his brain.  Officer Kendall also found two guns and multiple bullets in the storeroom.  The cash drawer had also been placed in plastic bag.  Burglary tools and holsters for the weapons and bullets were found in vehicle Jones and Solomon had driven that night.

 

Both men were convicted and sentenced to death .  Solomon was executed on February 20, 1985.

  

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Roger Tackett.  Please pray for strength for the family of Brandon Jones.

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