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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

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Ten teenage football (soccer) players were killed after a fire broke out in their dormitory at a youth team training centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Three other teenagers were taken to the hospital for injuries. According to one of players, the cause of the fire was the air conditioner, however an investigation is ongoing. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the injured.
6 Killed in Chile
Extreme rainfall in Chile has led to floods and the reactivation of a waterfall in the Atacama Desert. The waterfall had been dry for a decade. The extreme rainfall has killed at least 6 individuals and has also forced residents to flee their homes, due to the overflowing rivers. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for all those affected.
4 Killed in Haiti
At least four individuals have been killed, and dozens of others injured during four days of, often, violent protests in the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. The protests are against current President Jovenel Moise, with calls for him to step down, after accusations of corruption. Other government officials have also been accused of corruption. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Pleas pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for peace.
Yellow Vest Protests Continue in France
As the protests enter their 13th week, a protester has had his finger blown off after attempting to pick up a rubber pellet grenade. The protests began over fuel taxes in November 2018, and have since evolved as a general protest against President Emmanuel Macron and the political class, who the protesters see as out of touch. Please pray for healing for the injured. Please pray for a resolution.
US Government Funding Talks Stall
If no legislation is passed by Friday, the US government could face another shutdown, three weeks after the last shutdown ended. Please pray for wisdom among the elected officials. Please pray for a resolution.
100 Car Collision in China
At least two individuals have been killed, and 50 others injured, when over 100 vehicles were involved in a pile-up in southwest Guizhou province. While the cause of the accident is under investigation, officials note that the pile-up occurred on slippery roads, with the temperature dropping after a rain. Pleas pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for the healing of the injured.
97 Children Killed in Democratic Republic of Congo
Last year, an Ebola outbreak began in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has since resulted in the death of the 97 children, with the number of new cases doubling in January. Over half of those deaths were children under the age of 65. Please pray for the families of the deceased. Please pray for healing for the infected. Please pray that a cure may be found.

Updated: Monday, October 22, 2018  9:51 am EDT

 

Kwame Abia Rockwell was scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.  His execution has been stayed.  Forty-two-year-old Kwame is convicted of murdering 22-year-old Daniel Rojas-Torres, and 70-year-old Jerry Burnett in Fort Worth, Texas in March 2010.  Kwame has spent the last six year on Texas’ death row.

 

Kwame graduated from high school and was the co-owner of a car lot.  He did not have a prior prison record.

 

During the early morning hours of March 23, 2010, Kwame Rockwell and two other men, all wearing ski masks and gloves, entered a convenience store in Fort Worth, Texas.  The left-handed gunman shot Jerry Burnett, a bread delivery man, shortly after entering the store.  Jerry died ten days later in a hospital.  

 

Daniel Rojas-Torres, who was working the counter, attempted to flee into the storeroom, but was caught by the robbers.  He cooperated with the robbers, giving them the money they wanted, before he was forced into the back of the store, where he was killed by a shot to the back of the head.  Rockwell stated that he had to kill the two men because they could identify the group, who were frequent customers at the store, as they worked nearby.

Video surveillance showed that the robbers also had a gas can and intended to burn the store, however, they were unable to start the fire.

 

Rockwell was arrested a few days later in San Antonio, Texas.  In addition to the two others inside during the robbery, two other men acted as a lookout in a car.  Two co-conspirators were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Another received a prison sentence.  One of the men who acted as a lookout received a plea deal, testifying about what happened, and stating that he did not believe that anyone was going to be harmed.

 

Shortly after being sent to prison, Rockwell was diagnosed with schizophrenia.  While not brought up at his trial or sentencing, recent attorneys have attempted to argue that Rockwell should not be executed due to his mental illness.  On Friday, October 19, 2018, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted Rockwell's execution, due to his attorney's arguments.  A lower court had previously dismissed the claim of mental incompetency, however, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has ruled that at least two mental health experts must examine Rockwell to determine competency.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the families of Daniel Rojas-Torres and Jerry Burnett.  Please pray for strength for the family of Kwame Rockwell.  Please pray that if Kwame is innocent, lacks the company to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason, that evidence will be provided prior to his execution.  Please pray that Kwame will come to find peace through a personals relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.

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