A small group holds a candlelight vigil on Freedom Plaza in Washington to remember the victims of the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday. / By J. Scott Applewhite, AP
Officials have identified seven of the 12 victims in Monday's fatal shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard.
They are, according to Washington's Metropolitan Police Department: Michael Arnold, 59; Sylvia Frasier, 53; Kathy Gaarde, 62; John Roger Johnson, 73; Frank Kohler, 50; Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46; and Vishnu Pandit, 61.
Details about their lives are beginning to emerge.
None of the victims have been identified as active-duty military personnel, officials said.
Officials still need to notify the loved ones of the five remaining victims.
An additional victim was identified by the Washington Post as Arthur Daniels, 51.
Michael Arnold's 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."
According to the AP, citing a LinkedIn profile in her name, Sylvia Frasier had worked at Naval Sea Systems Command as an information assurance manager since 2000.
Frasier 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 requirements.
Kathy Gaarde, 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.
"The 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 people."
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 miss her."
No information was immediately available for John Roger Johnson.
A neighbor of Frank Kohler's in St. Mary's County, Md., on the Chesapeake Bay, told the Post Kohler was married with two daughters.
Kenneth Proctor worked as a civilian utilities foreman at the Navy Yard, his ex-wife, Evelyn Proctor, told the AP. He spent 22 years working for the federal government, Evelyn Proctor said.
"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."
Online records identified a Vishnu 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."
Neighbor Mike Honig told the Post that Pandit was "a very nice man with an Irish setter."
The Navy established two telephone numbers for families to call for information about their loved ones: (202) 433-6151 and (202) 433-9713.
Contributing: Associated Press
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