The seven people killed in the Washington-area sniper shootings:

-- James L. "Sonny" Buchanan, 39, of Abingdon, Va. An independent landscaper, he served on the regional board of the Boys and Girls of Greater Washington and volunteered with a Crime Solvers hot line. He had moved away from Montgomery County to live with his father in Virginia, but still honored a contract to mow the lawn outside Fitzgerald Auto Mall in White Flint, Md. He was mowing the lawn when he was killed.

-- Pascal Charlot, 72, of Washington, D.C. A carpenter who immigrated from Haiti years ago, he fixed things for his neighbors -- a doorjamb for one, a box around a radiator for another. He lived with his wife in a rowhouse decorated with potted flowers on the porch and tomatoes and bell peppers in a small garden.

-- James Martin, 55, of Silver Spring, Md. A Vietnam veteran and program analyst for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. His father died when he was 8, and he worked his way through college. Martin had an 11-year-old son and was a Boy Scout leader, school volunteer and church trustee. Friends remembered him as a lover of red wine who wore funny ties to church.

-- Dean H. Meyers, 53, of Gaithersburg, Md. A Vietnam veteran, Meyers was a project manager in the Manassas, Va., office of Dewberry & Davis, a civil engineering firm. Friends and co-workers said he was hardworking and thoughtful -- someone who would help carry heavy packages and feed stray cats.

-- Sarah Ramos, 34, of Silver Spring, Md. Friends described Ramos, a native of El Salvador who worked as a babysitter, as a hardworking immigrant who dreamed of building a prosperous life. Ramos was remembered as a cheerful, fun-loving wife and a doting mother of a 7-year-old son. She belonged to several church groups.

-- Lori Ann Lewis-Rivera, 25, of Silver Spring, Md. Originally of Mountain Home, Idaho, she decided in junior high school that she wanted to become a nanny. After high school, she went to a nanny school in Oregon. Her father, Marion Lewis, said she was "special to everybody she met and she brought friendship and love."

-- Prem Kumar Walekar, 54, of Olney, Md. He was a cab driver who immigrated at age 18 from India, where he was getting ready to spend his retirement. Relatives said he worked hard, sent money to his father in India and helped bring his siblings to America. He was a quiet man with a good sense of humor, they said.