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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.

February 17, 2016  8:30 pm EST


Travis Clinton Hittson was executed by the state of Georgia on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.  He was pronounced dead 8:14 pm EST, inside the execution chamber at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia.  Trade was 44 years of age.  He was executed for his part in the murder of 20-year-old Conway Utterbeck on April 5, 1992, in Warner Robbins, Georgia.  Travis spent the last 23 years of his life on Georgia’s death row.


Travis was deprived of affection growing up and rarely received affirmation from others, leading to depression and the belief that no one could love him.  Travis was enlisted in the US Navy and many shipmates testified that he was good-natured, although dim-witted.  He worked hard and was eager to please.  He was also known to drink frequently and do stupid things when drunk.  He did not have a prior criminal record.


Travis Hittson, Edward Vollmer and Conway Utterbeck were all stationed together aboard the USS Forrestal, an aircraft carrier based in Pensacola, Florida.  All three men were members of the electrical division of the engineering department.  Vollmer and Hittson were on the same work detail, while Utterbeck had a different assignment in the same area of the ship.


On Friday, April 3, 1992, Vollmer invited Hittson and Utterbeck to his parents house in Warner Robins, Georgia, for the weekend.  The three men arrived at the house late Friday evening.  They spent most of the day on Saturday hanging around the house.  In the evening, Vollmer and Hittson began drinking.  They eventually left the house, leaving Utterbeck alone.



During the early morning hours of Sunday, April 5, 1992, Vollmer and Hittson headed back to the house.  Hittson alleged he was “very drunk” by that time.  During the drive back, Vollmer told Hittson that Utterbeck had a hit list with their names on it and that Utterbeck was going to kill both of them.  When the two men arrived back at the house, Vollmer put on a bulletproof vest and long branch coat and took two guns from his vehicle.  He gave Hittson an aluminum bat that was also in the car.  Vollmer told Hittson that Utterbeck was inside waiting to shoot them.


Hittson entered the house first and found Utterbeck asleep on a recliner.  Hittson struck him on the head with the bat.  Utterbeck woke up and attempted to defend himself while Hittson struck him two more times, enough to subdue Utterbeck.  Utterbeck, however, remained conscious.  Vollmer entered the kitchen, where Hittson had dragged Utterbeck, and gave Hittson a firearm.  Utterbeck asked “what did I ever do to you?” and begged for his life.  Hittson shot Utterbeck point blank in the head.


Hittson and Vollmer stripped and robbed Utterbeck before going to a nearby restaurant to eat.  They then returned to the house to clean up.  Vollmer instructed Hittson to dismember the body, first using a serrated steak knife, then a hacksaw from a tool shed.  Hittson, at Vollmer’s instruction, cut off one of Utterbeck’s hands before being to saw off the head.  When Hittson became sick, Vollmer finished sawing off the head, the other hand, and both feet.  Vollmer also skinned part of Utterbeck, including his genitalia.  Hittson denied participating in such mutilation.


The duo wrapped the body parts in plastic bags.  They buried the torso in a shallow grave in a nearby wooded area.  Upon returning to the house, a local women noticed the car, the odd location, and the out of state plates.  She wrote down the license plate number and identifying information about the vehicle.  She turned this information over to police after Utterbeck’s body was discover two months later. 


Hittson and Vollmer spent the remainder of the day cleaning up evidence of their crime, including hiding evidence from two individuals who came by the house.  The left to return to Pensacola that evening.  They disposed of Utterbeck’s clothing and ID in a nearby dumpster and attempted to find a suitable place to bury Utterbeck’s hands, head, and feet.


The reported to work on Monday, April 6, with body parts still in their trunk.  That night, they buried the remaining body parts in shallow holes in a nearby wooded area.


Utterbeck was noted as missing and when questioned, Vollmer and Hittson claimed that they had dropped Utterbeck off at a bar on their way back on that Monday.


Utterbeck’s torso was discovered on June 16, 1992, by loggers.  Police were unable to identify the torso.  The report from the women about the strange car had taken down the license plate incorrectly, preventing police from immediately identifying it as belonging to Vollmer.  The Navy, in its attempts to locate Utterbeck, sent a request to other law enforcement agencies for information regarding unidentified bodies matching Utterbeck’s description.  Georgia police responded the same day regarding their unidentified torso.


Vollmer and Hittson were once again questioned, this time by the Navy and the Georgia police from Houston County.  Hittson eventually confessed to the crime and led investigators to the remaining body parts and told them where to find the baseball bat he had used.


Hittson was sentenced to death, while Vollmer was sentenced to life in prison.  


Please pray for peace for the family of Conway Utterbeck.  Please pray for strength for the family of Travis Hittson. 


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