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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 7, 2018  11:21 am EDT

 

Marcel Emanuel Johnson was scheduled to be executed at 7 pm EDT, on Monday, May 7, 2018, at the State Correctional Institute Rockview in Rockview, Pennsylvania.  His execution has been stayed.  Twenty-five-year-old Marcel is convicted of murdering 22-year-old Ebony Talley, who was pregnant, and her 4-year-old daughter R.R. on November 25, 2013, in Levittown, Pennsylvania.  Marcel has spent the last three years on Pennsylvania’s death row.

 

Marcel’s execution has been stayed by Bucks County Common Pleas Court in order to allow time for Marcel to complete his appeals.  Additionally,  on Friday, February 13, 2015, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a moratorium on executions in the state, until he receives and reviews a report on capital punishment in the state, a report which was ordered in 2011.  In his announcement, he called the death penalty in Pennsylvania a "flawed system," "ineffective," "unjust," and "expensive."  Read more about the announcement here.  

 

Marcel allegedly have a difficult upbringing with chronic and pervasive abuse, neglect, and abandonment.  During his trial, he alleged that he had various mental illnesses for which he had been in-and-out of treatment.

 

On November 25, 2013, Marcel Johnson went to visit Ebony Talley, with whom he was storing some of his belongings, and where he occasionally spent the night.  Ebony’s family was there when he arrived.  They left around 2:30 pm.  Approximately one half hour later, a fire was detected in the apartment.  

 

Firefighters faced difficulties battling the fire due to the thick, black smock.  Upon gaining entry into the apartment, they discovered Ebony’s body in the bedroom, lying face down, with numerous stab wounds and a plastic bag wrapped tightly around her head.  Small, empty, yellow wax bags were also found laying around the body.  Ebony’s daughter, R.R., was found unresponsive, in a pool of blood, in the living room, with multiple stab wounds.  She was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead shortly after her arrival.  

 

Another resident of the apartment building noticed that shortly before the fire, a black man had sped out of the parking lot in Ebony’s vehicle.  The man hit another vehicle in his hurry to leave.

 

While responders were still at the fire, Johnson called some of Ebony’s family members.  One family member told Johnson about the fire and asked him to got the apartment and find out more information.  Johnson refused, saying police had outstanding warrants for his arrest.  Another family member later informed Johnson that Ebony and her daughter had died and asked Johnson to turn the vehicle over to the police.  Johnson against refused due to the outstanding warrants.

 

Police were able to track down the car and waited for Johnson to enter the car before arresting him.  Yellow bags were found in the car, matching the ones found in Ebony’s apartment.  Johnson denied having anything to do with the murders and was initially arrested by police on unrelated drug charges, while the police continued their investigation.  While in custody, police received samples of Johnson’s DNA, fingernail scrapings, hair samples, and clothes.

 

Police charged Johnson is January 2014 with murder.  Johnson was  sentenced to death for the murder of Ebony and R.R.  He was also convicted of third-degree murder for the death of Ebony’s unborn child, arson for lighting the bodies on fire, and possession of an instrument of crime.  He received an additional sentence of 32 1/2 to 65 years for those charges.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Ebony and R.R..  Please pray for strength for the family of Marcel Johnson.  Please pray that Marcel may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

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