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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Navy Yard Shooting Victims Had Long Careers There

A small group holds a candle light vigil on Freedom Plaza to remember the victims of the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

A small group holds a candle light vigil on Freedom Plaza to remember the victims of the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite/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.

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