13 Dead, Including Alleged Gunman Who Was Civilian Contractor

Funds Collecting Money for Navy Yard Shooting Victims

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    An employee leaves the Washington Navy Yard at the end of the work day, Sept. 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. Defense contractor Aaron Alexis allegedly shot and killed 12 people Monday during a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard before being killed by police. His motive is still unclear. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Three online donation sites have been set up for victims of Monday's mass shooting at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard.

    The Navy Yard Relief Fund was announced at a press conference held by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray Wednesday morning, two days after 12 people were fatally shot at the Navy Yard.

    The fund is collecting money for the deceased victims' families and those injured in the attack. The fund will provide direct support in the short term, said organizers at the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

    One hundred percent of the contributions will go to help the support the victims' families and those injured, they said.

    "I am grateful to the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region for helping the victims of Monday’s horrible attack," said D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray. "Just as they did in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, I am confident that they will once again harness the generosity of so many people around our city, region and nation who have responded to this act of evil with an outpouring of compassion for the victims and their families."

    Who is Aaron Alexis?

    [DC] Who is Aaron Alexis?
    FBI and ATF agents searched a D.C. hotel where Alexis, who recently began work as a civilian contractor, was reportedly staying with five co-workers in town for business. Alexis had served as a Petty Officer in the Navy between 2007 and 2011, and had been previously arrested in gun-related incidents. Alexis allegedly opened fire just before 8:30 a.m. Monday along the third and fourth floors of Building 197 of the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters in Southeast D.C.

    A second fund, the Safer Communities Fund, was also set up to "address the long-term, systemic challenge of violence in our region," organizers said. The fund will go to help support nonprofits that offer mental health services and work to reduce gun violence.

    And the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors set up the Navy Yard Tragedy Family Support Fund to assist the families of the 12 victims who died. Donations will be used to provide comfort and care for the families, including TAPS support programs and assistance for unmet needs.

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