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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.

March 31, 2016  9:51 pm EDT

 

Joshua Daniel Bishop was executed by the state of Georgia on Thursday, March 31, 2016.  He was pronounced dead at 9:27 pm EDT, inside the execution chamber at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia.  He was 41 years of age.  His execution was delayed several hours due to appeals.  Joshua was executed for the murder of 44-year-old Leverett Lewis Morrison on June 9, 1994, in Baldwin County, Georgia.  Joshua spent the last 20 years of his life on Georgia’s death row.

 

Joshua had a difficult childhood, never knowing exactly who his father was.  His mother was an occasional prostitute, who taught Joshua that a man used violence to show his love.  Joshua was addicted to drugs and alcohol from childhood.  On the night of the murder, Joshua had been drinking.  Joshua also argued that when he confessed, he was high on cocaine and had been drinking.

 

On June 9, 1994, Leverett Morrison drove Joshua Bishop and Mark Braxley to a local bar.  They all left the bar together around 11:00 pm, and went to Braxley’s trailer.  Bishop and Braxley had decided to steal Leverett’s car while they were at the bar.  While Leverett was sleeping, Bishop reached into Leverett’s pocket to retrieve the keys.  Bishop’s actions caused Leverett to awaken, at which point Bishop began to beat Leverett with a blunt object.  When Leverett was no longer conscious, Bishop took the keys.

 

Bishop and Braxley eventually realized that Leverett was dead.  They wrapped his body and placed it in the car.  They drove to a dumpster, where they left the body, before driving the car into the woods and setting in on fire.  They then returned to Braxley’s trailer and tried to dispose of the evidence of their crime.  Leverett’s body was discovered several hours after it was left at the dumpster.

 

Bishop and Braxley were eventually arrested and both confessed to the crime.  Bishop also confessed to his involvement in the murder of Ricky Lee Wills, which occurred approximately two weeks before the murder of Leverett.  Bishop told police that they could find Ricky’s body buried near Braxley’s trailer.  Bishop and Braxley were both indicted for Ricky’s murder.

   

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Leverett Morrison and Ricky Willis.  Please pray for strength for the family of Joshua Bishop. 

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