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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: Thursday, September 27, 2018  7:32 pm EDT

 

Daniel Acker has been executed by the state of Texas.  Click here to read more.

 

Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2018  5:22 pm EDT

 

The Supreme Court of the United States has rejected a request to halt the execution of Daniel Acker, allowing his execution to proceed as scheduled.

 

Updated: Tuesday, September 25, 2018  8:15 pm EDT

 

The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has rejected a request for clemency from Daniel Acker.  Previously the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals also rejected a request to halt his execution.

 

Updated: Monday, September 24, 2018  11:24 am EDT

 

Daniel Clate Acker is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  Daniel is convicted of murdering 32-year-old Marquetta George on March 12, 2000, in Hopkins County, Texas.  Daniel has spent the last 17 years on death row in Texas.

 

Daniel was born in Hunt County, Texas.  He had previously been arrested and served time for burglary.  Prior to his arrest for murder, Daniel worked as a plumber’s helper, and electricians’ helper, and a general laborer.

 

Daniel Acker and Marquette George had been dating a short while when they decided to rent a trailer home together in February 2000.  On March 11, 2000, the couple went to a nightclub called “Bustin’ Loose,” where they had an argument.  Witnesses testified that they heard Acker threaten to kill Marquette.  Acker was kicked out of the club, but returned several times looking for Marquette.

 

Acker’s sister picked him up from the club’s parking lot and drove him to his truck, threatening to hurt Marquette if he found her with another man.  Acker continued looking for Marquette the rest of the night.  Unable to find her, Acker told his sister on the morning of March 12, that when he found Marquette and the guy he believed her to be with, he was going to beat them.  Acker also threatened to kill Marquette in front of her mother.

When Acker returned to his trailer later on the morning of March 12, Marquette was there, along with a bouncer from the club, Robert “Calico” McKee.  Robert claimed that he took Marquette to her father’s for the night, however Acker did not believe him.  When Acker confronted Marquette, she admitted to spending the night with Robert.  Robert gripped her by the shoulders and shook her.  Marquette agreed to show Acker where Robert lived, but instead fled the trailer.

 

Two neighbors witnessed Marquette fleeing the trailing, yelling for them to call the sheriff.  Acker followed her out of the trailer, grabbed her, forced her into his pickup truck, and sped away.  The neighbors called the sheriff.

 

Brodie Young was driving down the road when he witnessed Acker sitting in his truck, appearing to talk to himself.  After driving past, he saw Acker drag a woman from the passenger side and lay her on the side of the road before driving away.  Brodie drove to the sheriff’s office to report the incident.  Acker turned himself into law enforcement after Marquette’s body was found.

 

Marquette had been strangled and suffered blunt force trauma.  Either injury would have been enough to cause death and a medical examiner was unable to determine exactly which injury was the cause of death.  She also had road rash, consistent with jumping out of a moving vehicle.  During his trial, Acker alleged that Marquette jumped from his moving truck and died.

 

 

Please pray for peace for the family of Marquette.  Please pray for strength for the family of Daniel Acker.  Please pray that if Daniel is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be provided before his execution.  Please pray that Daniel may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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