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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.

August 9, 2018

 

Billy Ray Irick was executed by the state of Tennessee on Thursday, August 9, 2018.  He was pronounced dead at 7:48 pm CDT, inside the execution chamber at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tennessee.  Billy was 59 years of age.  He was executed for the rape and murder of 7-year-old Paula Kay Dyer on April 15, 1985, in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Billy spent the last 31 years of his life on death row in Tennessee.

 

Billy Irick was friends with Paula’s mother, Kathy, and step-father, Kenneth, and lived with them for a time, looking after their five young children while they worked.  On April 14, 1985, Paula was living with her mother, while Irick and her step-father were staying with Kenneth’s mother.  Paula’s mother left Irick to watch the children while she went out to look for work.  She was uneasy about leaving the children with Irick since he had been drinking, although he did not seem intoxicated.  She called Kenneth, telling him her fears.  He agreed to check on Irick and the children.  

 

Around midnight, Irick called Kenneth, asking him to come by, saying he was unable to wake up Paula.  When he arrived, Paula was lying on the living room floor with blood between her legs.  Kenneth checked to see if Paula had a pulse, which she did, and then took her to the Children’s Hospital.  Paula was pronounced dead a short time after arriving, as they were unable to resuscitate her.

 

An autopsy determined that Paula likely died from asphyxiation or suffocation.  She also had some bruising and cuts on her face.  Additionally, evidence showed she had been raped.

 

Irick was arrested the following day after he was discovered hiding under a bridge.  After being arrested, Irick confessed to the crime.  He was sentenced to death on December 3, 1986.

 

In 2010, Irick claimed that he was in the middle of a psychotic break when Paula was murdered and has no memory of his actions from that day.  Irick also claims that he was set up by Paula’s step-father, Kenneth, whom, Irick alleges, was the one that murdered Paula.

 

At the age of six, a clinical psychologist determined that Billy Irick was “suffering from a severe neurotic anxiety reaction with a possibility of mild organic brain damage.”  The following year, Billy was hospitalized and treated with anti-psychotic medication for the next 10 months.  Following treatment, Billy was discharged to a Church of God home where he remained until he was a teenager.  At the age of 13, Billy visited his family, which resulted in him destroying the television with an axe and cutting up his sister’s pajamas with a razor while she slept in them.  After returning to the home, Billy snuck into the girl’s dormitory.  Billy was expelled and sent back to the hospital, where it was discovered that he had been taken off of his psychotropic drugs.  He remained at the hospital until he was 14, at which time he was released to his parents.  Billy joined the Army at 17, but was quickly discharged.  Billy’s mother also suffered from a psychiatric disorder.

 

Billy had several previous execution dates.  All were stayed for various reasons.  Billy attempted to have this executed halted, arguing that he was mentally incompetent and that Tennessee’s execution protocol was unconstitutional.  His appeals were ultimately unsuccessful.  

 

 

Please pray for peace for the family of Paula.  Please pray for strength for the family of Billy. 

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