Profiles of Those Killed

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

-- James Martin, 55, of Silver Spring, Md. Killed Oct. 2. 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.

-- James L. "Sonny" Buchanan, 39, of Abingdon, Va. Killed Oct. 3. A 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 from Maryland to Virginia, where he and his father owned a Christmas tree farm, 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.

-- Prem Kumar Walekar, 54, of Olney, Md. Killed Oct. 3. 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.

-- Sarah Ramos, 34, of Silver Spring, Md. Killed Oct. 3. 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. Killed Oct. 3. 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."

-- Pascal Charlot, 72, of Washington, D.C. Killed Oct. 3. 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.

-- Dean H. Meyers, 53, of Gaithersburg, Md. Killed Oct. 9. 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.

-- Kenneth H. Bridges, 53, of Philadelphia. Killed Oct. 11. A businessman and father of six, he had co-founded a marketing and distribution organization. Neighbors remembered his friendliness and penchant for playing basketball with his children.

-- Linda Franklin, 47, of Arlington, Va.  Killed Oct. 14.  Franklin had beaten breast cancer, raised two children and a niece and was expecting her first grandchild. An intelligence specialist with the FBI, Franklin's smile "could light up a room," co-workers said. "Extremely outgoing," Paul Hulseberg said of his friend. "Probably the most giving person I know." Franklin is survived by her husband and two grown children, a son and daughter, who is five months pregnant.

-- Conrad Johnson, 35, of Oxon Hill, Md. Killed Oct. 22.  A 10-year Montgomery County employee, he was described by a neighbor as a "joker who liked having a clean car and loved being outside with his sons." Friends said Johnson was a fervent football fan, weightlifter and "real family man. He loved his boys." Johnson is survived by his wife, Denise, and two sons.