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