I received this email from Misty in Tacoma, Washington:

Dear Sister Prejean,

My name’s Misty and i have been friends with Joseph Ray Ries, a Texas death row inmate at the Polunsky Unit. I was wondering if you could pray for him. I am worried that his death will be painful and I hope it won’t and I also hope you will pray to help heal me from his loss. Thanks alot.

I want you to know I am praying for you, Misty, for Joseph Ray Ries, for his family, and for the Ratliffs (the victim’s family).