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Two men and zero women have been

executed in the United States in 2019.

10 Killed in Brazil
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: 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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