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One Washington Navy Yard Victim Graduated From A South Jersey High School

One of the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting graduated from a south Jersey High School.

Martin Bodrog and his family
Martin Bodrog and his family (Immanuel Baptist Church)

Martin Bodrog, who had worked at the Navy Yard since January,  was born in Woodbury, graduated from Audobon High School in 1977 and lived in Annandale, Virginia according to WPVI TV.

He was also a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

An obituary written by his wife Melanie posted to the Huffington Post said he had retired from the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer after 22 years and was overseeing the design and procurement of ships.

Bodrog was a Boston Bruins fan, taught pre-school Sunday and was involved with the Christian outreach program Young Life. He and his wife of 25 years had three daughters: Isabel, 23; Sophie, 17; and Rita, 16.

“Marty was a kind and caring man. He had such a sweet spirit and was in every way, a man that lived his life to honor Christ,” wrote Steve Holley, Immanuel’s pastor of ministries on the church’s Facebook page.

The obituary says he spent part of his childhood in North Andover, Massachusetts and also lived in Indiana and New Jersey.

A Path To Destruction

Policemen stand guard outside the home of Cathleen Alexis, the mother of Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis in Brooklyn
Policemen stand guard outside the home of Cathleen Alexis, the mother of Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis in Brooklyn (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Gunman Aaron Alexis’ path to Washington is coming to light but investigators still seek a motive that caused him to kill 12 people on Monday.

He told police in early August that the voices were harassing and following him. In the following weeks, Aaron Alexis moved on to the Washington area for work, and law enforcement officials say he was being treated for serious mental problems. But his security clearance was not stripped, and the 34-year-old Alexis entered the sprawling installation Monday with a valid pass.

What happened in the 30-plus-minute rampage emerged the day after the shooting that killed 12 victims and injured eight. But his motive remained a mystery, and other questions were left unanswered. Investigators have found no manifesto or other writings suggesting a political or religious motivation for Monday’s massacre.

Meanwhile, attack has prompted at least three investigations into government security and background screenings. The secretary of the Navy is ordering a pair of security reviews — focusing on how well the Navy protects its bases, and how accurately it screens its workers. And President Barack Obama has ordered his budget office to examine security standards for government contractors and employees across federal agencies.


The Associated Press contributed to this report

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