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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: Wednesday, April 25, 2018  7:41 pm EDT

 

Texas has executed Erick Davila.  Click here to learn more.

 

Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018  7:05 pm EDT

 

The Supreme Court of the United States has refused to stay the execution of Erick Davila, allowing the execution to proceed.

 

Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2018  10:59 am EDT

 

The Texas Court of Pardons and Paroles has announced that its has unanimously rejected clemency for Erick Davila.  They have also rejected a request to commute his sentence.  Additionally, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a request by Erick's attorneys to file new appeals on the grounds that information was improperly withheld from the defense during the trial.  Erick still has several appeals pending before the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018  10:27 am EDT

 

Erick Daniel Davila is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Thirty-one-year-old Erick is convicted of the murder of 48-year-old Annette Stevenson and five-year-old Queshawn Stevenson on April 6, 2008, in Fort Worth, Texas.  Erick has spent the last nine years on Texas’ death row.

 

Growing up, Erick did not have a close relationship with his mother, as he was conceived during a rape when she was 13.  Erick was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and had a low IQ.  He grew up in a high-crime area that had several gangs.

 

On April 6, 2008, Erick Davila and Garfield Thompson drove to the home of Annette Stevenson, who was throwing a ninth birthday party for her granddaughter Nihtica Stevenson.  After driving past the house, Davila got out of the vehicle and Thompson drove off.  Davila was observed by neighbors, who later identified him in a line-up, to be carrying a large gun, with a “red dot beam.”  

 

A group who was in the neighborhood attending another party, observed Davila walk between two buildings.  The group followed Davila as he walked between two homes and took aim at Annette’s house across the street.  Davila shot Annette several times before running into the middle of the street and shooting into the house several more times.

 

Thompson then returned, driving the car.  Davila got into the driver’s side of the car.  He fired more shots at the house as he drove away.

 

By the time the police arrived at the scene, Annette had already died from her injuries.  Queshawn was seriously injured and several other children had various injuries. 

 

Police were tipped off about Davila’s involvement in the crime by his girlfriend Nichcole Blackwell, Davila’s girlfriend.  Davila had borrowed her car the day of the murder and he was gone from the house most of the afternoon and evening.  Davila was arrested two days later.

 

Davila eventually confessed to the crime, saying he was trying to hit the only adult male attending the party and that he never meant to harm the women and children.  The other man with him in the car, Thompson, knew about his plan to shoot at the house and agreed to drop him off and pick him up.

 

Davila was convicted and sentenced to death in 2009.  During his trial, it was revealed that Davila was also charged with the two other murders, just days before the murders of Annette and Queshawn.  Additionally, while in jail awaiting trial, Davila, with two other inmates, attacked two guards and two maintenance men in a failed escape attempt.

 

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has rejected a request to halt the execution of Erick Davila.  The court did not a provide a reason for their ruling.  Erick will likely appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States before his execution.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Annette and Queshawn.  Please pray for strength for the family of Erick.  Please pray that if Erick 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 Erick may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

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