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BENEDICT JONES

In 1991, when he was 11 years old, Jones invited a friend to his house in Bloomington, Indiana, while his parents were away. That friend accidentally shot Jones (now 33) point-blank in the throat when the two were handling Jones' father's guns.

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Khayree REID

Reid, 27, grew up in southwest Philadelphia. He has been shot a total of 10 times in three different incidents.

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STEPHEN BARTON

During the summer of 2012, Barton, 24, took a post-college cross-country bike trip with his best friend. When they stopped in the city of Aurora, Colorado, the two decided to see a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. During the screening, James Holmes opened fire on the audience.

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CLAI LASHER-
SOMMERS

Lasher-Sommers, 57, was shot in the back by her abusive stepfather in 1970, when she was 13 years old and living in rural New Hampshire.

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MINDY FINKELSTEIN

In August 1999, Finkelstein, 31, was working as a summer camp counselor at a Jewish community center near her home in California's San Fernando Valley when a white supremacist, Buford Furrow Jr., entered the building and began firing.

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KATE RANTA

In November 2012, while living in Coral Springs, Florida, Ranta, 41, was shot by her then husband. The two had been separated for more than a year.

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JENNIFER LONGDON

In 2004, Longdon, 54, and her then-fiancé, David, were in the parking lot of a local taco shop near their home in Phoenix, when they were sideswiped by a pickup truck. Someone inside the truck opened fire. The assailant was never found and no motive has been established.

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Jean Eason

In December 2011, Eason, a 23-year-old Army veteran who had served in Afghanistan, was sitting with a friend in a car in Oakland, California, when someone began shooting through the back window. Eason was shot in the leg as he tried to jump out of the car.

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SANTOKH SINGH

Singh, 50, was a Granthi (a reader of sacred scriptures) at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, just outside Milwaukee, when it was attacked in August 2012 by a white supremacist who killed six congregants before shooting himself. (Singh spoke through a translator.)

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Antonius Wiriadjaja

During the summer of 2013, Antonius, 30, was on his way to the subway near his apartment in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. A stranger, aiming for a nearby woman, shot at him from a passing car.

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