The manner and cause of death for the seven Lee Correctional Institution inmates who were killed during the nation's largest prison riot in a quarter-century has been released.
Lee County Coroner …
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Lee County Coroner Larry Logan said all seven fatalities are being considered homicide on their death certificates. The cause of death was exsanguination — severe loss of blood — "due to multiple sharp-force injuries from stab wounds and incise wounds."
Logan said his office has notified family members of the men killed — Raymond Angelo Scott, 28; Michael Milledge, 44; Damonte Marquez Rivera, 24; Eddie Casey Jay Gaskins, 32; Joshua Svwin Jenkins, 33; Corey Scott, 38; and Cornelius Quantral McClary, 33 — and that they can hopefully begin the process of finding closure.
Five of the men died at the maximum-security prison in Bishopville, which is the state's largest and historically one of the deadliest, and two died later at McLeod Health in Florence, Logan said.
Logan said he and his team went to the hospital the day after the fights occurred that killed the seven and injured more than 20.
South Carolina Department of Corrections spokesman Jeffrey Taillon said all inmates who were injured during the incident, which began in one housing unit about 7:15 p.m. on April 15 and later separately broke out in two other dorms, have been returned to "SCDC facilities for follow up care."
Any potential charges for those inmates in connection to the fights remains unknown. Taillon said an investigation is ongoing.
The prison was secured at 2:55 a.m. April 16, nearly eight hours after the first altercation was reported.
SCDC Director Bryan Stirling said at a news conference that afternoon the fighting was over territory, contraband, cellphones and money.
Contraband cellphones have long been a source of contention for state and prison system officials, who have been calling on the FCC to block signals in prisons.
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