8 Victims Named in Navy Yard Shooting

'Single worst loss of life' in DC in decades

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 17, 2013 3:44 AM CDT | Updated Sep 17, 2013 7:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – A picture of alleged Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, who was apparently a military contractor, has begun to emerge; now, we're learning about the 12 other people killed in the shooting, which the Washington Post calls "the single worst loss of life in the District" since a 1982 plane crash. The shooting victims were ages 46 to 73, Mayor Vincent Gray says. All were civilians or military contractors, according to the New York Times, and DC police chief Cathy Lanier says at least one was a DC resident. Eight of the victims' names have been released, and the Post has details about their lives:

  • Michael Arnold, 59: He served in the Navy for 29 years and retired as a captain last year. He worked for a government consulting firm and was at the Navy Yard working on a design for amphibious assault ships with a team. He has three sons with his wife of more than 30 years.
  • Arthur Daniels, 51: He was at the Naval Yard for his job installing furniture in federal government buildings. His wife, with whom he has five kids and nine grandkids, calls him "a good father and a hard worker."
  • Sylvia Frasier, 53: Her parents and siblings waited until 10pm last night for news of Frasier, a network-security administrator with the Naval Sea Systems Command. "He killed my sister," sobbed her youngest sister.
  • Kathleen Gaarde, 62: She worked as a financial analyst at the Navy Yard and had just started planning her retirement with her husband of 38 years, with whom she had two children. "Now none of that matters," her husband says. "I already dearly miss her."
  • John Roger Johnson, 73: A neighbor describes him as a civilian who worked for the Navy, and says he was a "smart man" and a "delightful neighbor."
  • Frank Kohler, 50: No comment from his family, but a neighbor describes him as married with two daughters.
  • Vishnu Pandit, 61: No comment from his family, but a neighbor says Pandit and his wife lived in the neighborhood for at least two decades and he was "a very nice man with an Irish setter."
  • Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46: He had worked for the federal government for 22 years; a civilian utilities foreman at the Navy Yard, he didn't work in the building where he was killed—but he often went there for breakfast. His ex-wife says they still talked every day, and had spoken that morning. They have two teen sons.
Eight people were also injured, according to Gray, including three who were shot and five who suffered stress-related injuries; two of the injured were police officers.

Edith Hutchins kisses her husband Shawn Hutchins as she picks him up at Nationals Park after he was evacuated from the Washington Navy Yard, Monday Sept. 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People hold their hands to their heads as they are escorted out of the building where a gunman was reported at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Three women embrace near Nationals Park where family members waited to greet loved ones that were at the Washington Navy Yard, Monday Sept. 16, 2013, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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