Who were the victims in the Washington Navy Yard shooting?

Thirteen people were killed when 34-year-old Aaron Alexis opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, Sept. 16. The shooter himself was killed in a gun battle with the police. These are the stories of the victims.


Michael Arnold, 59, Lorton, Va.
Michael Arnold's 80-year-old mother, Patricia Arnold, looks at a family photo album that includes pictures of Michael.

Michael Arnold was a Navy veteran and avid pilot who was building a light airplane at his home.

Michael Arnold's uncle, Steve Hunter, said his nephew had been stationed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. He worked at the Navy Yard on a team that designed vessels such as the USS Makin Island, a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship used by the Marine Corps.

Michael Arnold and his wife, Jolanda, were married for more than 30 years, Hunter said. They have two grown sons, Eric and Christopher.

(Associated Press Photo)
Martin Bodrog, 54, Annandale, Va.
Martin Bodrog was a graduate of the Naval Academy and a Navy veteran. He had worked at the Pentagon on amphibious vessel programs and was transferred to the Navy Yard in January.

"A heart of gold, and one of the most humble, self-effacing guys," said Jeff Prowse, a close friend of Bodrog.

He was married for 25 years to Melanie Bodrog, who he met while she was serving on active duty as a Navy nurse. The couple have three daughters, ages 23, 17 and 16.

(Associated Press Photo)
Arthur Daniels Sr., 51, Washington
Arthur Daniels was a handyman working for a furniture contractor. He just happened to be moving and installing furniture at the Navy Yard the day of the shooting.

Daniels' death comes four years after the death of his 14-year-old son Arthur A. Daniels, who was shot and killed on a Washington street.

"My husband was the man I loved through all the tragedy," his wife, Priscilla Daniels, told The Washington Post. "I can't believe this is happening again."

Arthur and Priscilla Daniels were high school sweethearts. He was a father of five and grandfather of nine.

(Associated Press Photo)
Sylvia Frasier, 53, Waldorf, Md.
Sylvia Fraiser had worked at Naval Sea Systems Command as an information assurance manager since 2000.

Her duties at NAVSEA included providing policy and guidance on network security, and assuring that all computer systems operated by the headquarters met Navy and DoD requirements.

(Associated Press Photo)
Kathleen Gaarde, 63, Woodbridge, Va.
Kathleen Gaarde poses for a 2006 holiday photo with her mother, Lore Bourne.

Gaarde worked as a financial analyst, supporting the organization responsible for shipyards.

"Today my life partner of 42 years (38 of them married) was taken from me, my grown son and daughter, and friends. ... It hasn't fully sunk in yet but I know I already dearly miss her," Kathleen's husband Douglass Gaarde wrote to the Associated Press.

Douglass Gaarde also worked for the Navy until retiring last year.

(Associated Press Photo)
John Roger Johnson, 73, Derwood, Md.
John Roger Johnson was the oldest victim in the Navy Yard shooting.

He worked with TWD & Associates, Inc., as a logistics analyst. Johnson was also an avid saltwater fisherman and a "die-hard" Washington Redskins fan, his daughter, Megan Johnson, said.

She said her father was notorious for his bear hugs, describing them as "rib-crunchers."

(Associated Press Photo)
Mary Knight, 51, Reston, Va.
Mary Knight was an information technology specialist. She had recently been promoted to GS 15.

Knight was born in Germany to a military family. Her family transferred to Fort Bragg, N.C., when she was 10-years old.

"You really don't think about the parents and relatives, what they go through," Mary's mother, Liliana DeLorenzo, said. "Now I know."

(U.S. Navy Photo)
Frank Kohler, 50, Lexington Park, Md.
Frank Kohler was working for Information Concepts in Management, LLC, a subcontractor of TWD & Associates, Inc. He had been on the NAVSEA project just under two years.

Kohler lived on the water with his wife, Michelle Kohler.

He was also a past president of a Rotary Club and proudly held the title of "King Oyster."

(Associated Press Photo)
Vishnu Pandit, 61, Potomac, Md.
Vishnu Pandit poses for a photo with his golden retriever, Bailey.

Pandit had a 30-year civilian Navy career as a marine engineer and naval architect.

He earned a bachelor's degree in marine engineering in India in 1973 before coming to the U.S. and earning a degree in naval architecture from the University of Michigan.

"The only saving grace in this horrible incident is that he died doing what he loved the most in the service of his nation," Pandit's friend, M. Nuns Jain, said.

(Associated Press Photo)
Kenneth Proctor, 46, Charles County, Md.
Kenneth Proctor worked as a civilian utilities foreman at the Navy Yard. He spent 22 years as a federal employee.

"He didn't even work in the building," Kenneth's ex-wife, Evelyn Proctor, said. "It was a routine thing for him to go there in the morning for breakfast, and unfortunately it happened."

Evelyn Proctor said she and Kenneth were still very close and talked every day. They shared custody of their two teenage sons.
Jerry Reed, 58, Alexandria, Va.
Jerry Reed information assurance specialist at Navy Sea Systems Command.

His son-in-law, Michael Giffin, said the family was not ready to speak about his death.

(U.S. Navy Photo)
Richard Michael Ridgell, 52, Brooklyn Park, Md.
Richard Michael Ridgell was working for a private security contractor at the Navy Yard. He was a Maryland State Police trooper from 1983 to 2000.

Ridgell's family described him as a loving and funny man and a successful softball coach to his three daughters.

"He was so much more than a shooting victim," his daughter, Megan Ridgell, said. "He was an amazing person."

(Associated Press Photo)
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