13 Dead, Including Alleged Gunman Who Was Civilian Contractor

Navy Yard Victim's Family Creates New Scholarship

Thursday, Dec 26, 2013  |  Updated 11:50 AM EDT
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Navy Yard Victim's Family Creates New Scholarship

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The family of a central Pennsylvania native killed in the Sept. 16 mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard has created a scholarship in his honor.

The annual college scholarship honoring Gerald Read will go to an Eagle Scout who graduates from Clearfield Area High School, about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Read became an Eagle Scout in September 1973.

He was 58 and lived in Alexandria, Va. when he was one of 12 people killed by a contractor who was then fatally shot by police. His family says witnesses told authorities he pushed a co-worker away from the gunfire, but was fatally wounded in the process.

The scholarship will be worth $1,000 when it's offered the first time next year, but Read's family and friends tell WJAC-TV they hope donations will increase it.

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