Remembering the Navy Yard fallen: 12 diverse stories come to a sudden end

One taught Sunday school to 3-year-olds who always left with smiles. Another never missed an opportunity for charity work, even dressing up as King Oyster. A third refused to let a divorce interfere with being a family man. The 12 victims of Monday morning’s rampage inside the Washington Navy Yard were contractors and blue-collar workers, U.S. Naval Academy graduates and international transplants, softball coaches and Redskins fans. Each brought a story to the place they never left.

D.C. police Tuesday morning released a list of the 12 employees fatally shot Monday at the Washington Navy Yard. The victims were identified as:


PHOTOS: Remembering the Navy Yard fallen: 12 diverse stories come to a sudden end


Michael Arnold, 59, of Lorton

Michael Arnold loved to fly and loved his family.

A Navy veteran, Mr. Arnold worked in Building 197 — where the shootings took place — on a team tasked with designing ships.

The Rochester, Mich., native spent his last few minutes alive talking to his wife, Jolanda, who he met while attending the University of Oklahoma. His mother Patricia Arnold, 80, told the Detroit Free Press that “while she was talking to him, the alarm went off. And he said, ‘Oh, the alarm went off, I have to go, and he hung up.’ “

His uncle, Steve Hunter, said Mr. Arnold was an avid pilot and was building a light airplane at his home. Married for more than 30 years, he had two grown sons, Eric and Christopher.

“He was a loving son of his mother and his wife and great father to his kids,” Mr. Hunter said. “It’s tragic. How can you get up in the morning and go to work and have that happen? How do bad things like that happen to good people?”

Martin Bodrog, 51, Annandale

Martin Bodrog, a father of three daughters, taught Sunday school to 3-year-olds at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield amid a busy schedule of community involvement that included participating in the Christian outreach group Young Life.

“He’s one of the kindest people I have ever met,” said Steve Holley, pastor of ministries at the church. “He has a way with people, just an engaging smile and kind-heartedness.”

Mr. Bodrog graduated the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981 and served in the Navy. He worked at the Pentagon before moving to the Navy Yard in January.

During the Sunday school classes over the last six years, Mr. Bodrog told stories and helped with crafts.

“When the parents came to pick up the children,” Mr. Holley said, “they left with a smile.”

Arthur Daniels, 51, Washington, D.C.

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