No one was prepared for 8:20 a.m. Monday.
That is when Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old subcontractor, walked into building 197 at the Navy Yard and opened fire, killing 12 people before losing his life in a gun battle with police.
Kenneth Bernard Proctor did not even work in the same building, but has made it a routine to get breakfast there.
The Pablo Show wishes to highlight the victims as well as offer help and information in any way possible.
Here are the seven civilian victims that have been identified thus far, and what they were like as told by those who knew them.
Our condolences to the families of:
Michael Arnold, 59
Arthur Daniels, 51
Sylvia Frasier, 53
Kathleen Gaarde, 62
John Roger Johnson, 73
Frank Kohler, 50
Vishnu Pandit, 61
Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46
There are so many questions still.
Alexis, the gunman, has reportedly stated he suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that he attributes to living in New York City during the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.
Personally, what I want to know most is how to tell whether someone close to me is suffering from PTSD. Often times we are too busy in our lives to notice that there are people silently crying for help.
A silver-lining in tragedies such as this is that we become wiser to recognizing signs of someone in need of help and how to prevent such horrific events.
HelpGuide.org is a good site for those that have been directly affected by this event.
You may also find the following sites helpful:
Please talk to someone and know that there is always an outlet.