The seven inmates slain during rioting at Lee Correctional Institution ranged in age from 22 to 44.
Their crimes included domestic violence, drug possession and murder.
Many were expecting to stay behind bars for years to come, though some had hopes that an appeal would win their freedom much sooner.
Six of the seven victims had been disciplined for having a cellphone at some point during their time behind bars, state records showed.
Officials who addressed the killings Monday lamented the continual struggle in weeding out such contraband.
The Post and Courier attempted to reach the victims’ loved ones by telephone or on social media, but only some family members responded. The victims’ histories before their incarceration, and their time in South Carolina’s prison system, are documented in state correctional records, court documents and social media posts.
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Eddie Casey Jay Gaskins was killed at Lee Correctional Institution. S.C. Department of Corrections/Provided
Of those killed, the 32-year-old from Cordesville in rural Berkeley County was the most recent arrival behind bars.