Woman with Minn. ties killed in Navy Yard shooting

7:44 PM, Sep 17, 2013   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - A woman with relatives living in Minnesota is among those killed in the Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C.

Kathy Gaarde, 62, worked as a financial analyst at the shipyards, her husband told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

"I don't know where my life goes now. She was my partner. We had plans to do things and now it's gone," said Douglass Gaarde, Kathy's husband, in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper.

Gaarde was described as an animal-lover and avid Washington Capitals fan in a statement.

A native of Chicago, she graduated from Florida State University, according to the statement, and had lived in the D.C. area with her family for close to four decades.

Her children are grown and are 26 and 33 years old.

One of her children, Jessica, spoke to CNN with her father.

"I have these periods of numbness where it's like the water is receding and I just feel nothing and then something, whether it be a bill on the counter, or heck, I was in the bathroom and she just recently bought me new towel and I see the towels and it just all hits," Jessica explained.

Authorities may never know what led Aaron Alexis on Monday's fatal shooting rampage in Washington D.C.

But, to the victims' families, it doesn't really matter.

"With everything going on, I want them to know she lived. She's not a number," Jessica said.

Eleven other people, including Alexis, were killed in the incident.

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