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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.

Updated: Monday, October 5, 2018  10:36 am EST

 

Emanuel Kemp, Jr., was scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CST, on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  His execution has been stayed.  Fifty-three-year-old Emanuel is convicted of the murder of 34-year-old Johnnie Mae Gray, which occurred on May 28, 1987, in Fort Worth, Texas.  Emanuel had spent the last 30 years on death row in Texas.  

 

Emanuel’s execution was stayed after his attorney requested that evidence be DNA tested, as it has never been done in this case.  Attorneys for the state of Texas agreed that the evidence should be tested prior to the execution, as Emanuel’s trial was held before DNA testing was common and considered reliable.  Beginning in 2001, Texas law requires that DNA testing be performed on evidence.

 

Emanuel, who dropped out of school after the ninth grade, worked as a laborer prior to his arrest.  Emanuel had previously served time for robbery with a deadly weapon and for violating his parol.  

 

On May 28, 1987, Emanuel Kemp, Jr., had been released on parole for five days.  Using a knife, he forced the bus driver to drive around while he raped and stabbed the lone passenger of the bus, Johnnie Gray.  Johnnie died from her injuries.  Kemp then stabbed David Jeanfreau, the driver of the bus, in the neck.  David fled and survived his injury.

 

Police arrested Kemp three days after the crime and the bus driver was able to positively identify Kemp in a line-up.  He was convicted and sentenced to death for the crime.  Since his conviction and imprisonment, Kemp’s lawyers allege that he has been experiencing a mental breakdown that has gotten progressively worse over the years.  He has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.  He has had numerous evaluations throughout the years, with varying results regarding his competency.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Johnnie Gray.  Please pray for peace for David Jeanfreau.  Please try for strength for the family of Emanuel Kemp.  Please pray that if Emanuel is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be presented prior to his execution.  Please pray that Emanuel may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

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