POLITICS
06/12/2013 01:34 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Americans Tell Their Stories About Guns, Violence And The Aftermath (AUDIO)

WASHINGTON -- In March, The Huffington Post set up a voicemail account for readers to share stories about how gun violence had touched their lives. They had lost parents, sons and daughters, friends and classmates. Their mother dodged bullets in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater. They counseled Sandy Hook school children. They answered a teenager's anguished knock. They held a stranger in the last bloody moments. They were shot in the head. They still remember everything.


Don Pratt, 68
Lexington, Kentucky
Pratt
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Don Pratt's father, Devaughn Pratt
Teddy McLean, 60
Lake County, California
Teddy
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Teddy McLean's stepdaughter and granddaughter
Edward Rhymes, 45
Eagan, Minnesota
Edward
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Edward Rhymes' brother, Hershel Phillips, in 2002
Mary Lou Hodges Falls, 67
Tallahassee, Florida
Mary
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Mary Lou Hodges Falls' mother, Margaret Boykin
Heidi West, 42
Indianapolis, Indiana
Heidi
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Heidi West
Radha Stern, 58
Mill Valley, California
Radha
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Radha Stern's son, Christopher Robin Hotchkiss
Starla Ingersol, 55
Chicago, Illinois
Starla
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Starla Ingersol
Shandell Baker, 21
Lincoln, Nebraska
Baker
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Shandell Baker
Tracy Johnson, 62
Cincinnati, Ohio
Tracyj
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Tracy Johnson's parents
Margie Stone, 78
Tucson, Arizona
Margie
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Margie Stone, age 3, with her brother Henry Hoffman Jr., age 6
Ruthann Stetak, 63
LeGrange, Ohio
Ruthann
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Ruthann Stetak's husband, Tom, in about 2002
Rene Pedraza, 52
Potomac, Maryland
Rene
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Rene Pedraza and friend Nestor Rodda in the late '70s
Cliff Majersik, 43
Washington, D.C.
Cliff
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Cliff Majersik's mother and father on their wedding day, June 4, 1967
Sean Baucom, 22
Brooklyn, New York
Sean
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Sean Baucom's brother, Rashad, in 2010
Shane VerPlanck, 66
Los Osos, California
Shane
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Shane VerPlanck in Alaska in the mid '70s
Tom Shaffer, 71
Ocean View, Delaware
Shaffer
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Tom Shaffer
Betsy Stone, 57
Stamford, Connecticut
Betsy
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Betsy Stone
Pietro Poggi
San Rafael, California
Pietro
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Pietro Poggi's friend, Oakland musician Reggie Benn
Mary Meacher, 55
Mason, New Hampshire
Marym
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Mary Meacher and her daughter Siobhan
R.B., 55
Cleveland, Ohio
Brotherinlaw
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A candleholder from R.B.'s brother-in-law
Robin Taylor, 59
Richmond, California
Robin
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Robin Taylor
Brandy Solomon, 68
Sarasota, Florida
Brandy
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Robert F. Kennedy's inscription for Brandy Solomon
Donna Ratner, 53
Weston, Connecticut
Donna
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Donna Ratner (right) with a friend in the early '80s
Ken Adams, 50
Forest Knolls, California
Ken
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Ken Adams
Anny Seavey, 67
Southwest Harbor, Maine
Anny
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Chicago's South Commons in the late '60s
Candace Smyth, 40
Washington, D.C.
Candace
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Candace Smyth's grandfather, Reo Galloway
Tracey Hastings-Ward, 52
Stone Ridge, New York
Tracey
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Tracey Hastings-Ward in 1980
Jim Mumford, 63
Alexandria, Virginia
Mumford
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Jim Mumford
Darryl Willis, 58
Portland, Oregon
Darryl
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Darryl Willis' home
Ruth Rollins, 50
Boston, Massachusetts
Rollins
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Banner in memory of Ruth Rollins' son, Warren Danny Hairston

The audio stories have been edited for continuity and length. The project was produced by Brad Shannon, Aaron Bycoffe and Andrei Scheinkman.

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