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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.

September 27, 2018

 

Daniel Clate Acker was executed by the state of Texas on Thursday, September 27, 2018.  He was pronounced dead at 6:25 pm CDT, inside the Walls Unit execution chamber at the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Daniel was 46 years of age.  He was convicted of the murder of 32-year-old Marquetta George on March 12, 2000, in Hopkins County, Texas.  Daniel spent the last 17 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

 

Daniel was born in Hunt County, Texas.  He had previously been arrested and served time for burglary.  Prior to his arrest for murder, Daniel worked as a plumber’s helper, and electricians’ helper, and a general laborer.

 

Daniel Acker and Marquette George had been dating a short while when they decided to rent a trailer home together in February 2000.  On March 11, 2000, the couple went to a nightclub called “Bustin’ Loose,” where they had an argument.  Witnesses testified that they heard Acker threaten to kill Marquette.  Acker was kicked out of the club, but returned several times looking for Marquette.

 

Acker’s sister picked him up from the club’s parking lot and drove him to his truck, threatening to hurt Marquette if he found her with another man.  Acker continued looking for Marquette the rest of the night.  Unable to find her, Acker told his sister on the morning of March 12, that when he found Marquette and the guy he believed her to be with, he was going to beat them.  Acker also threatened to kill Marquette in front of her mother.

 

When Acker returned to his trailer later on the morning of March 12, Marquette was there, along with a bouncer from the club, Robert “Calico” McKee.  Robert claimed that he took Marquette to her father’s for the night, however Acker did not believe him.  When Acker confronted Marquette, she admitted to spending the night with Robert.  Robert gripped her by the shoulders and shook her.  Marquette agreed to show Acker where Robert lived, but instead fled the trailer.

 

Two neighbors witnessed Marquette fleeing the trailing, yelling for them to call the sheriff.  Acker followed her out of the trailer, grabbed her, forced her into his pickup truck, and sped away.  The neighbors called the sheriff.

 

Brodie Young was driving down the road when he witnessed Acker sitting in his truck, appearing to talk to himself.  After driving past, he saw Acker drag a woman from the passenger side and lay her on the side of the road before driving away.  Brodie drove to the sheriff’s office to report the incident.  Acker turned himself into law enforcement after Marquette’s body was found.

 

Marquette had been strangled and suffered blunt force trauma.  Either injury would have been enough to cause death and a medical examiner was unable to determine exactly which injury was the cause of death.  She also had road rash, consistent with jumping out of a moving vehicle.  During his trial, Acker alleged that Marquette jumped from his moving truck and died.

 

 

Please pray for peace for the family of Marquette.  Please pray for strength for the family of Daniel Acker. 

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