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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.

November 1, 2018

 

Edmund “Ed” George Zagorski was executed by the state of Tennessee on Thrusday, November 1, 2018.  He was pronounced dead at 7:26 pm CDT, inside the execution chamber at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institute in Nashville, Tennessee.  He was 63 years of age.  He was executed for murdering John Dale Dotson and Jimmy Porter on April 23, 1983, in Robertson County, Tennessee.  Ed spent the past 34 years of his life on Tennessee’s death row.

 

Ed was born in Michigan and grew up in a very poor family.  Ed never completed high school and had a learning disability.  He had trained to become a boat captain.

 

Ed Zagorski first met John Dotson at a trout farm in Bucksnort, Tennessee on April 5, 1983.  Zagorski claimed to be a mercenary from Central America.  Zagorski agreed to supply John with a large marijuana purchase; 100 pounds for $23,000.  Zagorski told John that the marijuana would be dropped by airplane on April 21, 1983.

 

Zagorski informed John when the marijuana  had arrived and the two arranged to meet at Spot, Tennessee, on April 23, 1983, around 6 pm.  John and his friend Jimmy Porter met at a tavern with the money before going to meet Zagorski.  The tavern operator saw the money in the bag, along with a pistol.  They left in Jimmy’s red truck and were never seen alive again.

 

Around 5:30 pm, the owner of the trout farm and his girlfriend heard gunshots from the area they knew Zagorski had gone to meet John and Jimmy.  Gunshots were not an unusual occurrence because of deer hunting. 

On May 6, 1983, the badly decomposing bodies of John and Jimmy were discovered in a wooded area.  Both men had been shot and had their throats cut.  Near the bodies, a cartridge was discovered that was later identified to have been fired from Zagorski’s HK 91 semi-automatic rifle.  Other items belonging to, or items identical as Zagorski possessed were also discovered.  Although the time of death could not be determined for John or Jimmy, it was determined that the gunshot ultimately killed them and that they had been drinking prior to their deaths.

 

In late April, Zagorski arrived at a friend’s home in Ohio and had in his possession several items that had belonged to John and Jimmy, including Jimmy’s truck.  He also had a large amount of cash.

 

On May 26, 1983, Zagorski was arrested in Ohio after a shoot-out with police.  During the shoot-out, Zagorski shot a special deputy five times.  After his arrest, he gave several versions of what happened between himself and John and Jimmy.  Zagorski was sentenced to death on March 27, 1984.

 

Zagorski was scheduled to be executed on October 11, 2018, however, just days before his execution, Ed asked to be executed via electric chair instead of lethal injection.  His request was initially denied, as there was not time to prepare, however, Governor Haslam issued a 10-day reprieve in order to allow time for the arrangements to be made to use the electric chair.  He is the first inmate to be executed by electric chair in the state of Tennessee since 2007.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of John and Jimmy.  Please pray for strength for the family of Ed. 

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