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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.

October 19, 2017

 

Torrey Twane McNabb was executed by the state of Alabama on Thursday, October 19, 2017.  Torrey was pronounced dead at 9:38 pm CDT, inside the execution chamber at the Holeman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama.  His execution was delayed for several hours due to appeals.  Torrey was 40 years of age.   Torrey was executed for the murder of Police Officer Anderson Gordon on September 24, 1997, in Montgomery, Alabama.  Torrey spent the last 18 years on Alabama’s death row. 

 

Torrey’s father had spent time in prison and his mother was a cocaine addict.  Torrey began using cocaine around the age of 14 or 15.

 

On September 24, 1997, Sanford Sharpe, a bail bondsman, was attempting to locate Torrey McNabb, who had failed to appear in court to charges of receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.  After failing to appear, a warrant was issued for his arrest.  Sanford located McNabb and McNabb’s grandmother’s residence.  Sanford spoke with McNabb, who said he would go with Sanford.  Under the pretense of putting on shoes, McNabb fled out the back door. 

 

Later that day, around 1:30 pm, Sanford again located McNabb, this time parked in a vehicle outside of his grandmother’s home.  Sanford pulled up beside McNabb.  When McNabb noticed Sanford, he quickly drove away.  Sanford pursued.  While crossing an intersection, McNabb struck another vehicle.  Sanford drove up and started to get out of his vehicle when McNabb started shooting a gun.  Sanford quickly drove away from the gunfire and called the police.  Sanford then returned to intersection and parked next to a police patrol vehicle.  Inside was Officer Anderson Gordon, who had been shot several times.  Sanford, fearing for his safety, pulled out his own weapon.  Police arrived a short time later and confiscated Sanford’s weapon. 

 

Annie Gamble, was the women whose vehicle had been struck by McNabb.  After being struck, Annie saw McNabb, who she identified later, pull a gun.  She pleaded with him not to shoot her.  McNabb began shooting at a red truck that drove by.  Annie then saw McNabb walking towards the police patrol parked on the corner, hiding his weapon.  McNabb approached the rear of the patrol car and began firing into the car, shattering the rear window.  When the officer fired back, McNabb fled the scene.  

 

 

Several other eyewitnesses corroborated Annie’s story.  They were also able to tell police what direction the shooter had fled.  Police officers pursued.  McNabb attempted to hide in a ditch and, upon discover, shot at the officers.  The officers returned fire, wounding McNabb.

 

McNabb was treated for his injuries and confessed to the shootings, telling police a similar story as reported by the witnesses.  However, McNabb disputes the earlier events as reported by Sanford, alleging that Sanford fired at him first and was an “out of control bounty hunter.”  He also claims that he approached Officer Gordon for help and that the officer pointed a gun at him first, causing him the panic.  Witnesses report that the police officers weapon was not drawn when McNabb began shooting.  He also argued that he was high on cocaine that morning making him unaware of his actions and paranoid.  McNabb was sentenced to death in 1999.

   

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Officer Anderson Gordon.  Please pray for strength for the family of Torrey McNabb. 

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