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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.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

 

Earl Mitchell Forrest was executed by the state of Missouri on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.  Earl was pronounced dead at 7:18 pm CDT, inside the execution chamber at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Corrections Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri.  Earl was 66 years of age.  He was executed for the murders of Michael Wells, Harriet Smith, and Deputy Sharon Joann Barnes on December 9, 2002, in Salem, Missouri.  Earl spent the last 13 years of his life on Missouri’s death row.

 

Earl had a difficult life growing up.  He was often physically abused by his father, who also encouraged Earl to fight.  Earl’s father also supported drinking and using illegal drugs, which Earl began at an early age.  Although never married, Earl was a father figure to the children of one of his girlfriends, Nancy Young.  They all testified that he was a good father-figure.  Earl was known for abusing alcohol and methamphetamine.  He was also known as a hard worker, although he needed supervision to complete even basic tasks.

 

On December 9, 2002, Earl Forrest had been drinking alcohol.  Forrest and his then-girlfriend, Angelia Gamblin, went to the home of Harriet Smith.  Allegedly, Forrest and Harriet had an agreement in which he would introduce Harriet to a source of methamphetamine in exchange for a lawn mower and a mobil home.  According to Forrest, Harriet failed to “fulfill her part of the bargain.”  

 

Angelia waited in the car, while Forrest entered the home.  Also present inside the home was Michael Wells, Harriet’s friend.  After Forrest entered the home, a fight ensued, which resulted in Michael being shot and killed.  Harriet attempted to escape using Angelia’s car.  Harriet hit a tree branch backing out of the driving, causing the car to be stuck.  Forrest brought Harriet back into the house, where he shot her a total of six times, killing her.

 

Forrest took a lockbox containing approximately $25,000 worth of methamphetamine and fled with his girlfriend.  Sheriff Bob Wofford and Deputy Sharon Joann Barnes were investigating the shooting and went to talk to Forrest.  Forrest opened fire on the officers, killing Deputy Barnes and injuring Sheriff Wofford.

 

After being convicted and sentenced to death for the murders of Michael, Harriet, and Sharon, Forrest was linked to the 1995 California murder of 39-year-old Lori Beth Stefan.  She was last seen alive heading towards Forrest’s home.  Police officials visited Forrest in prison in Missouri, where he confessed, although he never stood trial for the crime.

  

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Micheal Wells, Harriet Smith, Sharon Barnes, and Lori Stefan.  Please pray for strength for the family of Earl Forrest. 

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