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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.

October 29, 2018

 

Rodney Scott Berget was executed by the state of South Dakota on Monday, October 29, 2018.  He was pronounced dead at 7:37 pm CDT,  at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  His execution was delayed several hours due to appeals.  Rodney was 55 years of age.  He was executed for the murder of 63-year-old correctional officer Ronald Johnson on April 12, 2011, at the South Dakota State Penitentiary.  Rodney has spent the last six years on South Dakota’s death row.

 

Rodney grew up in a poverty-ridden home in South Dakota and had four other siblings.  Rodney’s father failed as a farmer before going to work for the state highway department.  His mother was a bar manager at a local Holiday Inn.  Allegedly Rodney’s father was an alcoholic and physically abusive when he was home.  Rodney’s parent’s eventually divorced and Rodney, and his brother Roger, began getting into trouble.  As a teenager, Rodney spent time in prison.  At the age of 25, Rodney was serving time for grand theft, when he participated in an escape attempt.  He was capture one month later.  In 2003, Rodney was arrested and convicted of kidnapping and attempted murder.  Rodney was given an 80-year sentence.  Rodney’s older brother, Roger, was executed in 2000, for a 1987, car-jacking and murder in Oklahoma. 

 

While serving his time for kidnapping and attempted robbery, Rodney Berget met fellow inmate Eric Robert.  Together the two men made a plan to escape or die trying.  A third inmate supplied them with the necessary equipment.  

On April 12, 2011, Berget and Robert were prepared to enact their plan.  Correctional officer Ronald Johnson had agreed to take over a shift for a coworker.  It was his 63rd birthday.  In order for their plan to work, Berget and Robert needed the uniform of an officer.  The duo entered Pheasantland Industries, a prison industry business within the walls of the penitentiary, and using a pipe, beat Ronald with the intention of “ending his life.”  After beating Ronald with the pipe, they wrapped his head in plastic wrap.

 

Robert then dressed in the uniform, while Berget hid in a box placed on a cart.  They attempted to exit through the west gate.  Other guards became suspicious when they noticed that Robert did not swipe his identification badge.  Robert attempted to talk his way out, but was unsuccessful.  A search of the premises revealed the body of Officer Johnson.  Lifesaving measures were attempted, but failed.

 

Rodney Berget and Eric Robert were each tried, convicted, and sentenced to death.  The third inmate who provided them with the pipe, was sentenced to life in prison.  Eric was executed in 2012.  

 

Rodney was previously given a 2015 execution date.  That execution was stayed.  Since then, Rodney has requested that his appeals be dropped and his execution allowed to proceed.  Rodney’s attorney did not agree with the request and sought to have his client’s mental capacity evaluated.  In February 2018, a judge ruled that Rodney did not have any intellectual disables and was eligible for execution.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Ronald Johnson.  Please pray for strength for the family of Rodney.

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