Navy Yard shooting victims ‘not just a number’

Navy Yard shooting victims ‘not just a number’


SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS. WE’LL ADDRESS WHAT NOW SEEMS TO BE BREACHING IN SECURITY. TONIGHT AS WE DO WITH MANY MASS SHOOTINGS WE WANT TO LOOK FIRST ON THE LIVES THAT WERE LOST. TOO OFTEN WE THINK WE FOCUS ON THE SPOTLIGHT ON THE KILLER. IN THIS CASE IT’S UNDERSTANDABLE. AUTHORITIES ARE STILL TRYING TO LEARN AS MUCH AS THEY CAN. THEY STILL ARE LOOKING FOR INFORMATION FROM THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE KILLER. THAT SAID, WE HOPE THAT HISTORY REMEMBERS NOT HIS NAME BUT THE NAMES OF THOSE 12 INNOCENT LIVES LOST YESTERDAY. WITH THAT IN MIND, WE BEGIN WITH A DAUGHTER’S SIMPLE REQUEST, WHICH IS REALLY A PRIVILEGE TO HONOR FOR HER AND FOR EVERYONE WHO LOST SOMEONE THEY LOVED YESTERDAY.>>WITH EVERYTHING GOING ON, I WANT THEM TO KNOW SHE LIVED. SHE’S NOT A NUMBER. >>YOU WANT THEM TO KNOW THE PERSON THAT SHE WAS AND THE LIFE THAT SHE LIVED?>>YES. BECAUSE SHE WAS SO CARING. AND SHE WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR ANYONE SHE LOVED. >>THAT’S JESSICA GARDE TALKING WITH HER FATHER ABOUT HER MOM KATHY GAARDE. KATHY WAS 62 YEARS OLD, KILLED YESTERDAY. A HUGE FAN OF THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS HOCKEY TEAM. SHE LOVED HALL OATES, THE BEE GEES. SHE COUNTED BIRDS FOR THE LOCAL AUDUBON SOCIETY. SHE WAS A FEW MONTHS AWAY FROM HER RETIREMENT. SHE WAS KILLED YESTERDAY AT THE AGE OF 62. WE’LL HAVE MORE ABOUT THE LIFE OF OF OF KATHY GAARDE LATER IN THE PROGRAM. WE’VE ALSO LEARNED ABOUT OTHERS. MIKE RIDGELL WAS 52, A SECURITY GUARD AT THE NAVY YARD. HE SERVED THREE YEARS AS A SECURITY CONTRACTOR IN IRAQ. HIS DAUGHTER MEGAN ECHOES WHAT JESSICA GAARDE SAID. >>I DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO REMEMBER HIM AS A VICTIM. BECAUSE HE NEVER WAS IN HI LIFE AND HE NEVER WILL BE. HE’S STRONG. I WANT HIM TO BE KNOWN AS A DAD ABOVE A VICTIM OF A SHOOTING. BECAUSE HE WAS A GREAT DAD FOR ALL OF US.>>WELL, MICHAEL ARNOLD WAS A GRADUATE OF THE NAVAL ACADEMY, AN AVID PILOT. HE WAS BUILDING HIS OWN PLANE THAT HE HOPED TO FLY TO GO VISIT HIS MOM. HE WANTED TO DO IT BEFORE HE TURNED 60. MICHAEL ARNOLD WAS KILLED YESTERDAY AT THE AGE OF 59. JOHN ROGER JOHNSON LIVED IN THE SAME SUBURBAN MARYLAND TOWN FOR THE LAST THREE DECADES. A NEIGHBOR THERE SAYS HE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE ON HIS FACE. HE WAS 73 YEARS OLD. WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT 50-YEAR-OLD FRANK KOHLER AS WELL. HE LIVED SOUTH OF HERE IN TALL TIMBERS, MARYLAND. 46-YEAR-OLD KENNETH BERNARD PROCTOR WORKED AS A UTILITIES FOREMAN AT THE NAVY YARD. HE HAD TWO TEENAGE KIDS, ONE WHO OWNED THE ARMY. VISHNU PANDIT WAS 61. MARY FRANCIS KNIGHT WAS THE DAUGHTER OF A GREEN BERET. AS AN IT CONTRACTOR SHE TAUGHT AS A NEARBY COMMUNITY COLLEGE. LIKE MICHAEL ARNOLD, MARTIN BODROG TODAY SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR PROORLS AND IN WINTERTIME HELPED SHOVEL DRIVEWAYS FOR NEIGHBORS. HE LEAVES BEHIND A WIFE AND THREE DAUGHTERS AS WELL. HE WAS P 54. ARTHUR DANIELS LIVED RIGHT HERE IN SOUTHEAST WASHINGTON. HE AND HIS WIFE PRISCILLA HAD FIVE KIDS, NINE GRANDCHILDREN. WHAT A FAMILY. HE WORKED AS A HANDYMAN IN BUILDING 197. ARTHUR WAS 51 SYLVIA FRAZIER WAS THE SECOND YOUNGEST OF SEVEN KIDS. HER SISTER TOLD THE “WASHINGTON POST” WE HAVE TO FORGIVE THE GUNMAN. WE CAN’T BECOME BIT TER. SYLVIA FRAZIER WAS 53. GERALD READ SPENT MUCH OF HIS CAREER IN MILITARY LAW ENFORCEMENT AND AS A SYSTEMS ANALYST. HE HAD TWO MASTERS GREASE, WORKED IN RISK MANAGEMENT AT THE NAVY YARD. LOVED BOOKS ABOUT T

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