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The lives of two Charles County residents were taken by a gunman who opened fire at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
Officials reported 13 fatalities and several injured.
Among the dead, The Washington Post reported Monday, was the suspected shooter, Aaron Alexis, 34, of Fort Worth, Texas. Alexis was reportedly a military contractor.
Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46, of Waldorf and Sylvia Frasier, 53, of Waldorf were among the dead. Frank Kohler, 50, a Tall Timbers resident, also was killed in the shooting.
“We are struggling to come to grips with the situation,” Proctor’s sister, Julie Dyer, said.
Dyer said that Proctor was a supervisor at a chilled water plant at the base and had worked for the federal government for 23 years.
Dyer read a prepared statement over the phone Tuesday afternoon.
“Bernard was a wonderful father to his two sons,” she said.
Proctor’s sons are Kenneth Bernard Proctor Jr., 18, and Kendull Proctor, 15.
Dyer said that the older son has recently joined the U.S. Army.
Though he was recently divorced, Proctor had a “wonderful relationship” with his ex-wife, Evelyn Proctor, Dyer said.
“We will miss him tremendously. We will miss his smile that was so easily obtained. His laughter he gave so readily,” Dyer read from the statement. “Our tears are selfish because our hearts are broken.”
Proctor’s Waldorf neighborhood was quiet Tuesday morning.
“I was blown away,” said Dale Minson, Proctor’s neighbor, of when another neighbor told her of Proctor’s death.
Minson said that Proctor was a friendly neighbor who was always willing to help.
Minson said she attended La Plata High School with Proctor.
The Post reported that Frasier was a network security administrator with the Naval Sea Systems Command.
One of Frasier’s sisters said that the family was working to process the situation and preparing a statement for the media, though it was not ready by press time.
The Charles County commissioners opened their weekly meeting Tuesday with a moment of silence in honor of Proctor and Frasier.