VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Naval Sea Systems Command employees in Hampton Roads gathered Wednesday to pay tribute to 12 colleagues lost in the Washington Navy Yard shooting.
NAS Oceana chapel hosted the memorial service and Capt. Eric Tapp, Commanding Officer of Combat Direction Systems Activity, Dam Neck gave remarks.
“Our hearts are hollow inside because of this tragedy,” said Tapp. “We shall never be the same. They have touched us in many ways. Our contributions to their memories should be of increased personal motivation to help our fellow man, to serve our country, to deepen our beliefs in the goodness of our world and to take care of ourselves in the pursuit of the aforementioned ideals.”
After Tapp's words, CDSA employee Jim Setzer read the victim's names aloud, followed by a ringing of two bells after each name. The two bells signify the end of the duty day in naval tradition.
Killed in the attack were:
-- Michael Arnold, 59, of Lorton, Va.
-- Sylvia Frasier, 53, of Waldorf, Md.
-- Kathy Gaarde, 62, of Woodbridge, Va.
-- John Roger Johnson, 73, of Derwood, Md.
-- Frank Kohler, 50, of Tall Timbers, Md.
-- Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46, of Waldorf, Md.
-- Vishnu Shalchendia Pandit, 61, of North Potomac, Md.
-- Arthur Daniels, 51, of Washington.
-- Mary Francis Knight, 51, of Reston, Va.
-- Gerald L. Read, 58, of Alexandria, Va.
-- Martin Bodrog, 54, of Annandale, Va.
-- Richard Michael Ridgell, 52, of Westminster, Md.
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