WASHINGTON (AP) — Stories are emerging about the 12 people who were killed in yesterday's shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard.
They included 59-year-old Navy veteran Michael Arnold. He 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, who was 63, 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 46-year-old 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.
GRAPHICSBANK: US Park Police helicopter hoist a man in a basket during active shooter response at Washington Navy Yard, Washington DC, on texture with NAVY YARD SHOOTING lettering, finished graphic (16 Sep 2013)
APPHOTO DCJM107: An officer who said he works for the Department of Defense, right, checks an id outside of the closed Washington Navy Yard in Washington, on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, the day after a gunman launched an attack inside the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, spraying gunfire on office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallways at the heavily secured military installation in the heart of the nation's capital. Only essential personnel were being permitted inside, according the authorities. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (17 Sep 2013)
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