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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

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.
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.
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.

January 30, 2018

 

William Earl Rayford has been executed by the state of Texas on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.  He was pronounced dead at 8:58 pm CST, inside the Walls Unit execution chamber at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Sixty-four-year-old William is convicted of the murder of 44-year-old Carol Hall on November 16, 1999, in Dallas, Texas.  William spent the last 17 years of his life on death row in Texas.

 

William attended high school through the 12 grade.  He worked as a laborer prior to his arrest.  He had previously been arrested and served eight years of a 23 year sentence for the murder of his estranged wife in 1996.

 

In 1996, William Rayford moved in with Carol Hall and her two young sons.  During the summer of 1999, Carol asked Rayford to move out.  Carol eventually sought the help of her uncle to ultimately remove Rayford from the home.  One of Carol’s sons testified that he was afraid of Rayford.  

 

On November 16, 1999, at approximately 6:30 am, Rayford entered the home with a key, prompting an argument between him and Carol.  The argument escalated, causing Carol to call for her children.  When the youngest came downstairs, Rayford stabbed him in the back.  Carol fled down the house attempting to reach another house.  Rayford caught her before she could reach help.  Rayford slung Carol over his shoulder and carried her towards a nearby creek.  The son who had been stabbed was able to escape to a neighbor’s house and call the police.  He survived his injuries.

 

A bus driver parked nearby observed a man and women exit a house, running.  When the man caught the woman, he beat her in the head until she became “lifeless.”  The man then dragged the woman behind a house where the bus driver could no longer see them.

 

When police arrived on the scene, they began searching for Rayford and Carol.  Approximately one hour after they arrived, Rayford appeared in the yard, wet, cold, and complaining of knee injury.  He was also covered in blood and grass.  Police arrested him and took him to a hospital for treatment.  

 

Police found Carol’s body a short time later, stuffed inside a pipe.  An autopsy discovered that he had been severely beaten on her face.  She had also been strangled and had numerous other injuries, including cuts and an injury caused by a sharp object.  DNA evidence showed that Carol’s blood was on Rayford’s clothing and skin when he was arrested.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Carol Hall.  Please pray for strength for the family of William Rayford. 

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