Missouri is scheduled to execute Carman Deck on May 3, 2022. Efforts continue to petition the Governor to commute his execution to Life without the Possibility of Parole. Mr. Deck has had three unconstitutional trials and his death sentence was reinstated on a technicality during the third trial.
To raise our prophetic voices, there will be an Execution Watch from 5 pm to 6 pm on the corner of 39th and Troost in Kansas City.
Signs will be provided that you can hold up during this time. Feel free to bring your own.
If you do not live in the Kansas City area, please say the prayer below during the time of the Execution Watch.
A Prayer to Abolish the Death Penalty
by Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ
God of Compassion, You let your rain fall on the just and the unjust. Expand and deepen our hearts so that we may love as You love, even those among us who have caused the greatest pain by taking life. For there is in our land a great cry for vengeance as we fill up death rows and kill the killers in the name of justice, in the name of peace. Jesus, our brother, You suffered execution at the hands of the state, but You did not let hatred overcome You. Help us to reach out to victims of violence so that our enduring love may help them heal. Holy Spirit of God, You strengthen us in the struggle for justice. Help us to work tirelessly for the abolition of state-sanctioned death and to renew our society in its very heart so that violence will be no more. Amen.