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Denny Stong, Neven Stanisic, Rikki Olds, Tralona Bartkowiak, Suzanne Fountain, Teri Leiker, Eric Talley, Kevin Mahoney, Lynn Murray, Jody Waters

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On an afternoon at Kings Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, a man opened fire at shoppers, killing a total of 10 people including store employees, shoppers, and one police officer who was the first to respond to the scene. The suspect Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 22, faces murder and attempted murder charges.

Delaina Ashley Yaun, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Paul Andre Michels, Hyun Jung Grant, Soon Chung Park, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue

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At around 5 p.m., police near Acworth, GA, received a call about a shooting that occurred at Young's Asian Massage Parlor; 5 people were shot, 4 of whom died from their wounds. An hour later, two more shootings occurred at the Atlanta-area businesses Gold Spa and Aromatherapy Spa, which are across the street from each other. In total, 8 people were killed, 6 of whom were Asian women.

Ahmaud Arbery

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February 23, 2020

Gregory and Travis McMichael shot and killed Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, who was jogging during the day in Brunswick, Georgia.
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George Floyd

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On May 25, 2020, Police Officer Chauvin kneeled on Mr. George Floyd's neck for 9 minutes 29 seconds. On April 21, 2021, a jury found Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Police officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao stood watch, and their state trial is in March 2022. They also face federal charges.

Trayvon Martin

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Trayvon Martin, 17 years old, walked in his neighborhood in Sanford, Florida, where he purchased skittles at a local store. George Zimmerman called 911 to report a "suspicious person." The young man possessed no weapon. Yet, Zimmerman killed Trayvon and claimed self-defense. A jury acquitted him.

Sandra Bland

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Texas State Trooper Brian Encina stopped Ms. Sandra Bland, a civil rights activist, for a minor traffic violation. Released dash camera footage appeared to be edited. Several days later, Ms. Bland was found hanging in her jail cell. The security camera in her cell failed to be operational during her time of death. When Ms. Bland's cell phone video of the traffic stop went public four years later, her family and legal team asserted the video evidence had been withheld from them.

Breonna Taylor

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Breonna Taylor was killed when plain clothes officers used a no-knock warrant to enter her home in the middle of the night. They did not even perform life-saving measures as she took her last breaths after they shot her five times.

Jacob Blake

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At nearly point blank range, Officer Rusten Sheskey, who is white, shot in the back seven times Mr. Jacob Blake, a father of six, as he was walking to his car. Mr. Blake is now in a wheelchair paralyzed from the waist down. The Kenosha, Wisconsin, District Attorney chose not to file charges.

Ryan Clark, Emily Jane Hilscher, Ross Alameddine, Dr. Christopher "Jamie" Bishop, Brian Bluhm, Austin Cloyd, Jocelyn Couture-Nowak, Daniel Alejandro Perez Cueva, Dr. Kevin Granata, Matt Gwaltney, Caitlin Hammaren, Jeremy Herbstritt, Rachael Hill, Jarrett Lane, Matt La Porte, Henry Lee, Dr. Liviu Librescu, Dr. G. V. Loganathan, Parahi Mamora Halomoan Lumbantoruan, Lauren McCain, Daniel O'Neil, Juan Ramon Ortiz-Ortiz, Minal Panchal, Erin Peterson, Michael Pohle, Julia Pryde, Mary Karen Read, Reema Joseph Samaha, Waleed Mohammed Shaalan, Leslie G. Sherman, Maxine Turner, Nicole Regina White

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The deadliest school shooting in history occurred on Virginia Tech's campus. The shooter killed 32 and injured 17 students and faculty members in a rampage that lasted just 10 minutes. The shooter, who had a history of mental health issues, then killed himself. A Virginia court thad ordered him to enter a treatment program. Yet he was able to purchase weapons and ammunition out of state. Congress passed bipartisan legislation to revamp federal background checks that requires states to enter mental health data more regularly into federal databases used for background checks.

Rayshard Brooks

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After falling asleep in his car in a Wendy's parking lot, Atlanta police questioned Rayshard Brooks, a 27 year old father and husband, for 40 minutes. When officers attempted to arrest Brooks, he fled, taking one of the officer's tasers in the process. Officer Garrett Rolfe shot Brooks in the back twice, then kicked him as he lay on the ground; the other officer, Devin Brosnan, stood on his shoulder. Neither officer rendered aid for over two minutes. Both officers were charged, and the Atlanta Police Chief stepped down shortly after.

Tamir Rice

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Tamir Rice, a 12 year-old boy, was playing with a toy gun outside of a recreation center in Cleveland, Ohio. A witness called 911, noting that the gun was most likely fake and that Rice was most likely a child. The dispatcher did not share these details with the dispatched officers. Officer Timothy Loehmann shot Rice less than two seconds after arrivig on the scene. A grand jury declined to indict Loehmann.

Philando Castile

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Philando Castile was driving home with his girlfriend and 4 year-old daughter when he was pulled over for a traffic violation. According to a police radio call, officers said that Castile and his girlfriend "just look like people that were involved in a robbery." Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez approached the window and told Castile to reach for his driver's license. When Castile complied, the officer opened fire, shooting seven times into the vehicle hitting Castile five times. The jury acquitted the police officer on manslaughter charges.

Elijah McClain

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Elijah McClain, a 23 year-old massage therapist and community volunteer, was walking home after buying an iced tea for his brother. Due to his anemia, he was wearing a ski mask. Officers received a call saying that McClain was being suspicious. Officer Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt, and Randy Roedema grabbed McClain and wrestled him to the ground. Supposedly the body cams of three officers fell into the grass. They placed him in a carotid hold, meant to cut circulation off to the brain (the practice was banned in 1990). When medics arrived, they administered a "therapeutic" dose of ketamine, leading McClain to go into cardiac arrest. On August 30, he was taken off life support.

Eric Garner

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Garner was confronted by NYPD Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo for selling loose cigarettes. Pantaleo used a chokehold, suffocating Garner until he died despite his plea "I can't breathe." He is survived by his wife, Esaw Gardner. A New York jury acquitted Pantaleo of murder, and federal prosecutors declined to pursue the case after lengthy delays. Pantaleo was not fired until 2019.

Anton Black

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Black was murdered by three white police officers and a white passer-by in a Confederate flag helmet who chased, tased, and pinned Anton down on his mother's front porch. His mother saw the whole thing.

Alyssa Alhadeff, Scott Beigel, Martin Duque Anguiano, Nicholas Dworet, Aaron Feis, Jaime Guttenberg, Christopher Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alexander Schachter, Carmen Schentrup, Peter Wang

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Around 2:30 p.m. on Valentines Day of 2018, a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 students and faculty and injuring 14 others. The shooter was armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and had posted previously on social media about his intent to become a school shooter. Student survivors of this mass school shooting began the March for Our Lives campaign, the largest single demonstration against gun violence in history with millions taking to the streets to demand legislative action. The organization has also made voter registration a priority, galvanizing young people all over the country to vote for candidates who support gun control reform.

Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Sharonda Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. De-Payne Middleton-Doctor, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, Myra Thompson, Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr.

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A white supremacist murdered 9 black worshippers at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, one of the South's oldest Black churches. The shooting occurred on a Wednesday night during a Bible study service. When the group closed their eyes for prayer, the shooter opened fire using a Glock 45. The shooter claimed inspiration from the 2012 killing of black teen Trayvon Martin. The police treated the shooter kindly.

Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Daniel Stein, Richard Gottfried, Joyce Fienberg, Melvin Wax, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Irving Younger

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During a Saturday morning service, a man shouting anti-Semitic slurs and wielding an AR-15 assault-style rifle opened fire on the congregants of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. 11 worshippers were killed; most were elderly, the eldest being 97 years old. The shooter intentionally targeted a synagogue in a prominent Jewish neighborhood and was charged with a federal hate crime.

Hannah Ahlers, Heather Alvarado, Dorene Anderson, Carrie Barnette, Jack Beaton, Steve Berger, Candice Bowers, Denise Burditus, Sandy Casey, Andrea Castilla, Denise Cohen, Austin Davis, Thomas Day Jr., Christiana Duarte, Stacee Etcheber, Brian Fraser, Keri Galvan, Dana Gardner, Angela Gomez, Rocio Guillen Rocha, Charleston Hartfield, Chris Hazencomb, Jennifer Topaz Irvine, Teresa Nicol Kimura, Jessica Klymchuk, Carly Kreibaum, Rhonda LeRocque, Victor Link, Jordan McIldoon, Kelsey Meadows, Calla-Marie Medig, James "Sonny" Melton, Patricia Mestas, Austin Meyer, Adrian Murfitt, Rachael Parker, Jenny Parks, Carrie Parsons, Lisa Patterson, John Phippen, Melissa Ramirez, Jordyn Rivera, Quinton Robbins, Cameron Robinson, Tara Roe, Lisa Romero-Muniz, Chris Roybal, Brett Schwanbeck, Bailey Schweitzer, Laura Shipp, Erick Silva, Susan Smith, Brennan Stewart, Derrick "Bo" Taylor, Neysa Tonks, Michelle Vo, Kurt von Tillow, Bill Wolfe

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During an outdoor country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, a gunman fired down into the crowd from a hotel suite. 58 were killed and 850 more injured, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. First responders were reportedly overwhelmed by the number of 911 calls and victims, leaving the shooter to continue his killing spree for 11 minutes before killing himself. The shooter purchased his arsenal of assault-style weapons legally; many were fitted with bump stocks, which dramatically increase a gun's rate of firing. In 2019, bump stocks were banned throughout the United States.

Charlotte Helen Bacon, Daniel Barden, Olivia Rose Engel, Josephine Gay, Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, Dylan Hockley, Madeleine Hsu, Catherine Violet Hubbard, Chase Kowalski, Jesse Lewis, James Radley Mattioli, Grace McDonnell, Emilie Parker, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Benjamin Wheeler, Allison Wyatt, Rachel Davino, Dawn Hochsprung, Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, Victoria Soto

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A mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, left 20 first-graders and 6 educators dead. Many of the educators died attempting to protect the children, ushering them into hiding places or shielding them with their bodies. Following the tragedy, the parents and other loved ones of the victims began calling for comprehensive gun reform; relatives of 9 of the victims filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company which manufactured the AR-15 used by the shooter.