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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

78 Killed in Dhaka, Bangladesh
At least 78 individuals have been killed, and dozens injured, after a fire in the historic Dhaka district, the capital of Bangladesh. In the area of the fire, buildings are closely packed together, with narrow streets, and many buildings are run-down. The fire is believed to have been caused when fuel cylinder in a car exploded. The fire spread rapidly. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all that are affected.
9 Killed in Chittagong, Bangladesh
At least nine individuals have been killed, and over 50 others injured, after a fire in a slum in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The cause of the fires is suspected to be a short circuit. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for all those affected.
5 Killed in Aurora, Illinois
Five individuals were shot and killed at a manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois. Five police officers were injured and the gunman was eventually killed by the police. On the day of the shooting, the shooter was being fired from his position at the plant, where he had worked for the last 15 years. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
4 Killed in Kashmir
Four Indian soldiers have been killed in India-administered Kashmir, following a clash with militants. Recently, in the same region, over 40 others were killed in a suicide attack. Pakistani and Indian forces have been battling over the area. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for peace.
Flooded Gold Mine in Zimbabwe
Nine miners have been rescued alive from a flooded, illegal gold mine in Zimbabwe, while the bodies of 24 others have been recovered. Flooding occurring after a dam burst. While nine have been rescued, dozens of others remain missing and are feared dead. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the missing miners and for their families.
Force Withdraw Agreement in Yemen
Government and rebel forces have reached an agreement to withdraw forces around the port of Hudaydah. The withdraw is part of a ceasefire agreement reached last year. The conflict began in 2015, and has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and injuries. Please pray for peace in the region. Please pray for the families of the deceased and for healing for the injured.
7 Killed in Haiti
At least seven individuals have been killed as a result of protests against the government in Haiti. Protesters are protesting the soaring inflation and accuse the government of corruption and misappropriation of funds. The protesters have also asked for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. The President has rejected the idea. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for peace.
17 Killed in New Delhi, India
At least 17 individuals have been killed after a fire in a hotel in New Delhi, India. Thirty-five others were rescued from the fire and 19 were taken to the hospital for injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
Heat Wave in Australia
A record heat wave, following a record drought, in Australia have farmers, and others, worried. The drought and heat have caused animals to die and worries that crops will not be able to be planted. Across the globe, the United States is experiencing record cold temperatures. Please pray for all those affected by extreme temperatures. Please pray for their safety and health.

August 24, 2017 

  

Mark James Asay was executed by the state of Florida on Thursday, August 24, 2017.  Mark was pronounced dead at 6:22 pm EDT, inside the execution chamber at the Florida State Prison near Raiford, Florida.  He was 53 years of age.  Mark is convicted of murdering Robert Lee Booker and Robert (Renee) McDowell on July 18, 1987, in Jacksonville, Florida.  Mark has spent the last 28 years of his life on Florida’s death row.

 

Mark was the youngest of seven children.  Mark had previously been arrested and served time in a Texas prison in 1985, for auto theft.  He was on parole at the time of the murders.  While serving time, Mark earned his general equivalency diploma (GED).

 

Mark Asay, his brother Robbie Asay, and Robbie’s friend Bubba O’Quinn all went out to a local bar on Friday, July 17, 1987.  They spent the evening drinking and playing pool together.  Around midnight, the three decided to leave and go to another bar.  By 2 am, on the morning of Saturday, July 18, 1987, all three men had each drank approximately 12 beers.  Bubba admitted that they were all “buzzed.”  At some point throughout the night, Bubba and Robbie had also smoked marijuana.

 

After leaving the bar, Robbie wanted to pick up a girl he had seen, while Bubba suggested they all find prostitutes; he also volunteered to pay.  Mark and Bubba drove off by themselves in Mark’s vehicle.  After failing to pick up two women, they observed Robbie’s vehicle parked nearby.  They observed Robbie talking to a black male, Robert Lee Booker, a local pimp.

 

Mark assumed that Robbie was having difficulties with Robert and exited his vehicle and started swearing at Robbie.  After Robert used a derogatory term towards Mark, Mark pulled out a gun and shot once at Robert.  Robert grabbed his side and ran.  His body was later discovered under the edge of a nearby house.  Robert died from internal bleeding.

 

 

Robbie told Mark and Bubba that he did not believe he had actually shot Robert, just scared him.  Bubba and Mark continued to look for prostitutes, eventually finding “Renee.”  The men were unaware that Renee was actually Robert McDowell, a black man dressed as a women.  Bubba negotiated a deal from both him and Mark to receive oral sex.  When Robert (Renee) refused to get in the truck with the men, Mark grabbed Robert (Renee) and began shooting.  Mark shot at Robert (Renee) six times.  Three of the wounds were fatal.  Mark told Bubba that he shot Robert (Renee) because Robert (Renee) had once cheated him on a drug deal.

 

Mark later told two acquaintances that Mark recognized Robert (Renee) as he and Bubba were looking for “whores.”  Mark planned to have Robert (Renee) get in the truck and then for Bubba to drive away.  Mark planned to sexually assault and then kill Robert (Renee).  When Robert (Renee) refused to get into the vehicle, Mark decided to kill Robert (Renee) right away.

 

During his trial it was suggested that the killings were racially motivated, in part due to several white supremacist tattoos Mark sported, as well as his use of derogatory slang towards the victims.  Mark has denied allegations that he is racist, claiming that he got the tattoos while in prison as a way to avoid being beaten up.

 

Mark Asay is the first individual executed by Florida in over 18 months.  Executions have been on hold due to legal problems with Florida's death penalty sentencing procedure.  

 

Please pray for peace for the families of Robert Booker and Robert McDowell.  Please pray for strength for the family of Mark.

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