September 17, 2013

Navy yard shooting victims had long careers there

The Associated Press

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This photo provided by the family of Vishnu Pandit shows the 61-year-old man from North Potomac, Md., who was one of the 12 victims killed in the shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Pandit family)

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This photo provided by the family of Martin Bodrog, shows the 54-year-old man from Annandale, Va., who was one of the 12 victims killed in the shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Bodrog family)

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THE VICTIMS

The names of the 12 victims killed in Monday's shooting rampage at Washington Navy Yard:

— Michael Arnold, 59

— Martin Bodrog, 54

— Arthur Daniels, 51

— Sylvia Frasier, 53

— Kathy Gaarde, 62

— John Roger Johnson, 73

— Frank Kohler, 50

— Mary Francis Knight, 51

— Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46

— Vishnu Pandit, 61

— Gerald L. Read, 58

— Richard Michael Ridgell, 52

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Gerald L. Read's son-in-law, Michael Giffin, said his family was not ready to speak yet about the 58-year-old's death.

"We're still trying to gather our thoughts," said Giffin, who is married to Read's daughter, Jessica. Read was from Alexandria, Va.

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Richard Michael Ridgell, 52, was a passionate protector, both in his security work and in the way he treated his daughters during game-day trips to M&T Field to root for his beloved Baltimore Ravens.

"He was all about protecting us," said daughter Megan outside her mother's Westminster home. She remembered her father guardedly eyeing other spectators as they climbed to their upper-tier seats, making sure she was safe in the roaring crowd.

Ridgell, a former Maryland State Police trooper, was working for a private security contractor at the Washington Navy Yard. Family members said they didn't know details about Ridgell's death.

His children and estranged wife, Tracey, say they want him remembered as a loving, funny and patriotic man who found satisfaction as a security contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan; as a drummer in the all-volunteer Baltimore Colts Marching Band before the Ravens era; and as a successful softball coach to all three daughters, Heather, 33, Megan, 19, and Maddi, 17.

"He was so much more than a shooting victim. He was an amazing person," Megan said.

Ridgell, a native of Brooklyn Park, near Baltimore, was a state trooper from 1983 to 2000, when he resigned at the rank of corporal, spokesman Sgt. Marc Black said.

He did contract security work overseas, according to family members and information Ridgell provided to the rental agent at a Westminster apartment complex where he lived after separating from his wife about two years ago.

The rental agent, Casey Perryman, said Ridgell's love for his children and his country was apparent.

"I think it's just a tragedy that he lost his life doing something he enjoyed so much," she said. "He was all about serving and protecting the people of the United States."

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Metropolitan Police Department Officer Scott Williams was shot multiple times in the legs but survived.

After visiting Williams, Police Chief Cathy Lanier said he has some "pretty serious injuries" and is "pretty uncomfortable" but "in good spirits."

Williams is an officer in the K9 division. He underwent surgery Monday, and before he did, he wanted to call his mother, according to Janis Orlowski, the chief medical officer of MedStar Washington Hospital Center where the officer was recovering Tuesday.

Orlowski initially said Williams had bone and blood vessel damage and there was "concern" about whether he would be able to walk again. But she said Williams, who she estimated to be in his late 40s, was in fair and stable condition.

Lanier also said she was sure Williams would walk again.

"I'm real confident that he not only will walk again but probably will outrun most of us once again," she said.

 

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