Victims of Navy Yard Shooting Identified

10:47 AM, Sep 18, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9/AP) -- The five remaining people who were killed in the Navy Yard Shooting rampage on Monday morning have been identified.

A total of twelve people were killed in the mass shooting, by a lone gunman, Aaron Alexis, 34, of Fort Worth, Texas.

Tuesday morning, D.C. police identified the other five victims who died as:

  • 51-year-old Arthur Daniels of Southeast, Washington, DC
  • 51-year-old Mary Francis Knight of Reston, Virginia 
  • 58-year-old Gerald L. Read of Alexandria, Virginia
  • 54-year-old Martin Bodrog of Annandale, Virginia
  • 52-year-old Richard Michael Ridgell of Westminster, Maryland

The identities of seven out of the 13 victims were released after a press conference on Monday night.

They are:

  • 59-year-old Michael Arnold of Lorton, Virginia
  • 53-year-old Sylvia Frasier of Waldorf, Maryland
  • 62-year-old Kathy Gaarde of Woodbridge, Virginia
  • 73-year-old John Roger Johnson of Derwood, Maryland
  • 50-year-old Frank Kohler of Tall Timbers, Maryland
  • 46-year-old Kenneth Bernard Proctor of Waldorf, Maryland
  • 61-year-old Vishnu Pandit of North Potomac, Maryland

Navy veteran Michael Arnold worked at the Navy Yard on a team that designed vessels such as the USS Makin Island, an amphibious assault ship used by the Marine Corps. His uncle says Arnold and his wife had been married for more than 30 years. He says Arnold was an avid pilot who'd been building a light airplane in his basement.

Kathleen Gaarde was a financial analyst who supported the organization responsible for the shipyards. Her husband Douglass, in an email to the Associated Press, says they'd been together for 42 years, and were just starting to plan their retirement. Now, he says, "none of that matters."

Evelyn Proctor says her ex-husband Kenneth had spent 22 years working for the federal government, and had been working as a civilian utilities foreman at the Navy Yard. Even though they'd divorced this year after 19 years of marriage, she says they remained "very close" and "talked every day." They spoke yesterday shortly before he left for work. He was killed in the building where he routinely stopped for breakfast on his way to his job.

Vishnu Pandit leaves behind a wife, two adult sons and a one-month-old granddaughter. One of his best friends, Nuns Jain said "he was one of my closest friends and he will be sorely missed by me, all of his classmates and of course his family who are totally devastated in this senseless killing. He loved the Navy. He dedicated 30 years of his life to helping the Navy, improve their ships and systems aboard the ships. If there is any saving grace he died loving what he did at his desk. "

Officials said at this point none of the victims have been identified as active-duty military personnel. All of them victims were civilian or contractors.

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