Who were the victims of the Navy Yard shooting?
Twelve people -- from a former Maryland State Police trooper to a man building a two-seater plane to a the president of a St. Mary’s County Rotary Club chapter -- were killed when suspected gunman Aaron Alexis opened fire at a Washington Navy Yard facility Monday morning.
The victims, who ranged in age from 46 to 73, worked in various jobs at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters. One designed Navy vessels, another was a Navy engineering contractor and one was a financial analyst. One man lived in Owings Mills, while others hailed from Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland, Montgomery County and Washington.
( Family photo / September 17, 2013 )
Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46, of Waldorf
His neighbor and former classmate from La Plata High School, Dale Minson, said Kenneth Proctor once worked the night shift, but switched to days a year or two ago. He was happy about the change, she said.
"We just talked as old friends," she said. He was always ready to pitch in and help. He helped put together a toy for her day care clients, and when there was a storm he started up her generator and taught her how to work it properly.
Another neighbor, Teresita Russell, got a phone call from a reporter on Monday evening. She came over and told Minson the news.
"I was just floored," Minson said. "I couldn't understand why would someone do something like that to a nice person like him."
Recently divorced, Proctor had two sons - 15-year-old Kendull, who attends Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, and Kenneth Jr., 17, who graduated from high school in May and joined the U.S. Army.
"I am always over-thinking and letting my thoughts evolve on events that have less impact on my goals than what's really necessary," Proctor wrote on Facebook recently. "I know now to eliminate all that really don't exist in reality and bring forth what will allow me to be me. GOD!"
Proctor worked as a utilities operation foreman at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. According to his Facebook page, Proctor graduated from La Plata High School in Maryland in 1984.
He was the youngest victim.
Joseph Tanfani, Tribune Washington Bureau and Ellen Wulfhorst, Reuters