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Which Individuals Died Near the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona?

    Billy Clanton

    • Billy Clanton was the first of the three fatalities to fall that day and the first to fire a weapon in the exchange. The shot he fired at Wyatt Earp was his response to their order to hand over their weapons. However, his shot missed and he was in turn shot twice and wounded by Wyatt's brother, Morgan Earp. Even after he fell, Billy Clanton continued to fire until he was finished off by Wyatt Earp.

    Tom McLaury

    • Tom McLaury, who was unarmed at the time, was one of the next two to fall dead. He had been arrested earlier that day with Ike Clanton by Virgil Earp, the city marshal, for carrying firearms within the city limits. It was shortly after he was disarmed and released, that he and Ike joined up with the other cowboys at the O.K. Corral. He was shot in the back and killed by John Henry "Doc" Holliday, a friend of the Earps, during the opening seconds of the shootout.

    Frank McLaury

    • Frank McLaury was shot in the stomach around the same time as Billy Clanton. He had arrived in town earlier that same day with Billy, to join up with his brother Tom and Ike Clanton. Frank and Billy were still armed because they were not with the others who had been arrested earlier in the day. It was to disarm them as well that the Earps walked over to the O.K. Corral. Frank McLaury, although seriously wounded, fought on alongside the wounded Billy Clanton until he was also mortally wounded by Wyatt Earp.

    The Others

    • In addition to the three dead cowboys, Virgil Earp, Morgan Earp and their friend Doc Holliday were wounded in the fight. Ike Clanton was the only member of the cowboy clan to escape with his life, although slightly wounded. The only person to survive the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral completely unscathed was Wyatt Earp.

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