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A wreath placed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stands next to a statue of a sailor at the Navy Memorial on Tuesday. (Photo: H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY)



(USA TODAY) -- One victim was a Navy veteran and avid pilot who was building a light airplane at home. Another was a specialist in network security and a third was a devoted Washington Capitals fan, wife and mother.

Details are emerging about the lives of the victims felled in Monday's shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard.

The Metropolitan Police Department identified five additional victims Tuesday morning.

They are Arthur Daniels, 51; Mary Francis Knight, 51; Gerald L. Read, 58; Martin Bodrog, 54 and Richard Michael Ridgell, 52.

Police identified seven victims Monday night. They are Michael Arnold, 59; Sylvia Frasier, 53; Kathy Gaarde, 62; John Roger Johnson, 73; Frank Kohler, 50; Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46; and Vishnu Pandit, 61.

None of the victims have been identified as active-duty military personnel, officials said.

Michael Arnold: His profile on LinkedIn, an online professional network, identified Arnold as a logistician and supply chain executive with LMI, a consulting firm based in McLean, Va., and said he was a graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

For 29 years, Arnold, recently of Lorton, Va., was a Navy supply corps officer before working at the Pentagon from 2010 to 2012, according to the profile.

His uncle, Steven Hunter, told the Associated Press that his nephew was an avid pilot who was building a light airplane at his home. "It would have been the first plane he ever owned," Hunter told the AP in a telephone interview from Rochester, Mich., Arnold's hometown. "It's partially assembled in his basement."

Martin Bodrog: He lived with his wife and daughters in a leafy neighborhood in Annandale, VA for more than 8 years. He was often seen jogging throughout the neighborhood, often with his dog. A Virginia Tech student, Mary Read, who was killed in the 2007 shooting rampage had lived four blocks away.

Sylvia Fraser: 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.

Kathy Gaarde: She was a financial analyst from Woodbridge, Va, was a Washington Capitals fan, and devoted wife and mother of two, neighbor and friend Patrick Bolton told the Post.

"The mother was just the kindest lady in the world," Bolton told the news organization. "I've never seen her do anything but nice things for people."

Gaarde's husband, Douglass, wrote an email to the AP early Tuesday. "Today my life partner of 42 years (38 of them married) was taken from me, my grown son and daughter, and friends," he wrote. "We were just starting to plan our retirement activities and now none of that matters. It hasn't fully sunk in yet but I know I already dearly miss her."

John Roger Johnson: Neighbors told the Post that Johnson was a civilian who worked for the Navy. His daughter, Karin Johnson, said the family this morning was "still waiting to get confirmation so we can go down and identify our father." The family plans to release a statement later today.

Frank E. Kohler: A family member declined comment and referred calls to a family representative. 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, Florida, 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."

Kenneth Proctor: The father of two more than likely walked into the shooting zone before the violence began Monday morning merely to get some breakfast, says his ex-wife Evelyn Proctor of Waldorf, Md.

The 46-year-old civilian utilities foreman, who worked for the federal government for 22 years, adored his two teen-age sons and the Washington Red Skins. Every morning before work at the Washington Navy Yard he would stop by Building 197 to grab something to eat, she says.

"He just went in there in the morning for breakfast," she told the AP, speaking Monday of the building where the shooting took place. "He didn't even work in the building. It was a routine thing for him to go there in the morning for breakfast, and unfortunately it happened."

She described him as a very caring, loving and gentle person. "We were still very close. It wasn't a bitter divorce," Evelyn Proctor says. They lived 10 minutes apart.

He spoke with her that very morning. They were married for 19 years, were high school sweethearts and stayed very close even after splitting up this year, she says.

Their oldest son, Kenneth Proctor Jr., 17, is in Army basic training in Oklahoma and their younger son, Kendull, is 15.

Evelyn Proctor tried repeatedly to reach her ex-husband after hearing of the shooting, and then drove to the Navy Yard when there was no response. She feared he might be among the dead.

Standing with other relatives waiting at the scene, she learned Monday night she was right.

Gerald Read: His LinkedIn profile says he worked 12 years as an information assurance specialist at Naval Sea Systems Command.

Vishnu Pandit: Online records identified Pandit in his 60s living in North Potomac, Md. A person who answered the telephone at the address said, "Please tell your colleagues not to call."

Neighbors told the Washington Post that Vishnu Pandit, 61, had lived with his wife in their North Potomac, Md., neighborhood for 20 years.

Neighbor Mike Honig described Pandit as "a very nice man with an Irish setter."

All were shocked by the news of his death.

"It's a terrible tragedy," Honig told the Post. "It's a strain and strain on the nation that we haven't put public safety laws in place to prevent this sort of tragedy."

The Navy established two telephone numbers for families to call for information about their loved ones: (202) 433-6151 and (202) 433-9713.

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