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Non-profit asks for help for the Navy Yard victims

5:50 PM, Sep 18, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Washington area non-profit that raised $25 million for families of 9/11 victims is gearing up to help again, after the Washington Navy Yard mass killings.

The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region announced today at a press conference with DC Mayor Vincent Gray that it is setting up two funds. The first, 'The Navy Yard Relief Fund' will collect donations that will go directly to families of the Navy Yard victims.

Money collected by the 'Safer Communities Fund' will go toward long term solutions to the area's violence, according to Terri Freeman, President of the Community Foundation.

Mayor Gray said today he welcomes a review of security at the Navy Yard and other military bases in the city but thinks Navy yard shooter Aaron Alexis should never have been given a security clearance to be on the base, given his treatment for mental illness and known history of violence and bazaar behavior which included hearing voices.

Meanwhile workers at the Navy Yard were notified by email that they could begin picking up their vehicles that were left on base on Monday. 

They can begin returning to work on Thursday. 

Some have indicated they are not yet ready to return. One civilian worker told WUSA9 she had been through the Pentagon attack on 9/11. She was praying for those who died and their families.  

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