Nightly News   |  September 17, 2013

Remembering the 12 Washington Navy Yard victims

The 12 men and women gunned down in the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard came from all walks of life, and had their lives stolen in one senseless moment.  NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

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>> not forget, three victims survived the shooting and are making progress. including the d.c. police officer scott williams who suffered serious gunshot wounds to both legs. and as we said, we are learning more about the people who lost their lives at the complex while doing what they do every day, going to working and making a living for their families. nbc's tom costello has more on their stories.

>> reporter: taps, at the navy memorial this morning for the people gunned down at a place they were supposed to be safe. among them, sylvia frasier.

>> my sister was a person who was really giving, loving, truly give you the shirt off her back.

>> reporter: ken proctor, leaving two teenage boys. his ex-wife said he loved them dearly. martin bodrog is survived by his wife of 23 years and three daughters. 55-year-old michael arnold had been married with two sons. at the navy, he helped to design amphibious ships.

>> i am so proud of him. he has just been a really wonderful, wonderful son and a wonderful father and husband. he is just -- i'm just proud of him.

>> reporter: 62-year-old kathy gaarde was a financial analyst , married for 38 years, her two children are grown. civilian employee john johnson was 73, and leaves a wife and four grown daughters.

>> he is just such a man of joy. everywhere he goes, he brings joy.

>> everybody has a smile on their face.

>> the text i got said he is up in heaven giving a bear hug to all the angels.

>> reporter: there is also 51-year-old mary francis knight, richard ridgell, frank kohler, arthur daniels , who had nine grandchildren. 58-year-old gerald read, and vishnu pandit, a husband, father and grandfather, who loved his family and his dog.

>> he loved the navy, he has devoted his life to the navy for 30-plus years.

>> reporter: 12 lives lived fully and stolen in one senseless moment. tom costello, nbc news, washington.