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 five more 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.
- 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
Arthur Daniels installed furniture in federal buildings all over the Washington, D.C., region.
Mary Knight, the Reston, Va., mother of two girls, originally hailed from Fayetteville, N.C., relatives told WITN, a Fayetteville TV station. Theodore Hisey, a family spokesman, told the station that she was an information technology contractor who had lived in the D.C. area for five years. He said she was the daughter of a former Green Beret instructor. "She was a great patriot who loved her country and loved serving the USA," Hisey said. Knight had a long career in cybersecurity and taught a class on information technology as an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College. Steven Manthei, chief information officer at Defense Security Cooperation Agency, wrote on her LinkedIn profile that Knight was "an outstanding leader."
A LinkedIn profile in his name says Gerald Read, 58, worked 12 years as an information assurance specialist at Naval Sea Systems Command.
Former Naval officer Martin Bodrog was known as "Marty" on the Annandale cul-de-sac where he lived with his wife, Melanie, a neighborhood coordinator. The couple were married for 25 years and had three children: Isabel, 23, Sophie, 17, and Rita, 16, according to an obituary notice issued by the family Tuesday. "Marty was a source of great inspiration to his family and friends - those of us lucky enough to know Marty are better people for it," the notice says. Bodrog was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in 1981 and served as a surface warfare officer for 22 years until his retirement from what his family described as a distinguished career. His expertise and experience were in amphibious operations.
Richard Ridgell was a huge football fan, especially for the Baltimore Ravens. A longtime neighbor of Ridgell's in Westminster, Md., Steven Sadowski says everyone on the block always knew when a good play was happening in a game by the excitement and cheering across the street. "He was a fun-loving guy and a good neighbor who always was willing to help out," Sadowski says. He says he was shocked when he heard Ridgell was killed. "I'm sorry for his wife and two daughters," Sadowski says. "It's terrible that their father died."
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. "Michael was known for his very calm demeanor, which sparked to life when discussing his lifelong passions: ships, planes and trains," his family said in a statement.
Sylvia Frasier had worked at Naval Sea Systems Command as an information assurance manager since 2000, says the AP, citing a LinkedIn profile in her name. Frasier studied at Strayer University, earning a bachelor of science in computer information systems in 2000 and a master's in information systems in 2002. Her duties at NAVSEA included providing policy and guidance on network security, and assuring that all computer systems operated by the headquarters met Department of Navy and Department of Defense requirements.
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."
John R. Johnson may have been 73-years old, but he got up at 3:45 a.m. every day to work at Washington's Navy Yard because he loved work and people. He simply did not want to retire, his family said. He was the oldest victim of Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis. "He never met a stranger," said his wife Judy Johnson outside the couple's home in Derwood, Md. Tuesday. "My husband was a wonderful, wonderful man. He was always happy. Always positive." Johnson, known as "J.J." to his friends, was a career logistics analyst working for a contractor serving the Navy, his family said. He liked to work early and park more than a mile from the Navy Yard to get in a brisk walk each day. "Plus he liked parking for free," laughed his eldest daughter Erin Zagami. Johnson, a widower, has four adult daughters and nine grandchildren. He remarried 8 and a half years ago.
Frank Kohler and his wife, Michelle, were listed as vice president and president, respectively, of Computer Management Systems Incorporated, based in Tall Timbers. A LinkedIn profile identifies Frank Kohler as a senior system engineer. Public records show Kohler had property in Belleair, Fla., where he also had hunting and fishing permits. Kohler lived on the banks of Herring Creek in Tall Timbers, Md. on the Chesapeake Bay. A neighbor, Joyce Mori, says Kohler had two college-age children were avid fans of water sports. "Frank and Michelle work, so we never see them," says Mori, whose husband once tried to buy an old jet ski from Kohler only to have Kohler gave it to him instead. "On weekends they have a boat and a pool and they go water-skiing. It looks like they have friends over all the time. It just seems like they're a good family."
Evelyn Proctor says her ex-husband Kenneth Proctor 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.