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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.

Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017  10:52 am EDT

 

Tilon Lashon Carter was scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CST, on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Walls Unit in the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  His execution has been stayed.  Thirty-seven-year-old Tilon is convicted of the robbery and murder of 89-year-old James Eldon Tomlin in Tarrant County, Texas.  Tilon has spent the last 10 years of his life on Texas’ death row.

 

Tilon did not graduate from high school, dropping out after the 11th grade.  He worked as an auto mechanic and a roofer.  Tilon was previously arrested for robbing a couple at gunpoint and using the stolen money to pay off a drug debt.  While in prison, he led a riot.  Tilon was also convicted of indecent exposure and assault against his girlfriend.

 

On April 28, 2004, Tilon Carter and his 31-year-old girlfriend Leketha Allen were discussing how they needed money.  Allen’s mother overhear them and suggested that they rob James Tomlin, and elderly man who lived nearby and was known to keep large quantities of cash in his house.  Allen’s mother then drove them by the house, pointing it out.

 

Carter and Allen returned to James’ home the next day, forcing their way inside after James opened the door.  Cater bound James’ hands and feet tightly with duct tape.  Duct tape was also placed over his mouth.  Carter and Allen then searched home, discovering approximately $6,000 in cash.

 

James was discover the following day, lying face down in his hallway.  A medical examiner determined that he had been severely beaten, but that the cause of death was asphyxiation.  The evidence indicated that James was likely smothered to death.

 

At his trial, Carter’s ex-girlfriend and a cell mate testified that Carter had boasted about Laketha and him killing an old man during a robbery.  Carter was convicted and sentenced to death.

 

Leketha was convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison.  She is eligible for parole this year.

 

Tilon Carter’s execution had been scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, 2017.  His execution was stayed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals due to a technical error; the trial court was a day late in notifying the Office of Capital and Forensic Writs that an execution date had been set.  According to the law, the Office of Capital and Forensic Writs must be notified within two business days, however, in Tilon's case, it was three days before they were notified.  Since the notification was late, the execution date was reset to Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

 

That execution date has now been stayed by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.  Tilon's appeal argued that the evidence used to convict him, specifically the evidence of how the victim died, was false.  According to Tilon's appeal, which was granted, experts disagree over how James died and if it was intentional.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of James Tomlin.  Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Tilon Carter.  Please pray that Tilon will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already. 

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