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Martin Bodrog, Gerald Read, Michael Arnold, Kathy Gaarde killed in Navy Yard shootings, all residents of Virginia

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(WUSA9) -- It isn't just one family who grieves when someone is taken in such a violent and sudden way. The pain ripples through neighborhoods and through communities.

Fifty-year-old Martin Bodrog lived in Annandale with his wife and three daughters. Neighbors often saw Bodrog outside running with his little dog.

"He loved his dog and he was a tall guy so it was funny to see him running with that little dog and he had a special leash. He was friendly and just an all-around great guy," said neighbor Ron Early.

They say he always offered a helping hand, especially shoveling snow.

"He's just a great neighbor," said Michelle Arkin. "This is just a shock."

Neighbors say Bodrog's wife Melanie was receiving support from her prayer group.

Cathy Read of Alexandria also became widow yesterday. She did not want to talk but her neighbor Barbara had a few words to say about the violent death of 58-year-old Gerald Read. He also leaves behind a daughter and three grandchildren.

Barbara said Cathy and Gerry Read were so close they always did everything together.

Fifty-nine year-old Michael Arnold was on a team that helps design amphibious assault ships and was also an avid pilot. His uncle told the Washington Post that Arnold was building a light airplane in his basement. He lived in Lorton with his wife of more than 30 years. They have two grown sons.

Kathy Gaarde , 62, of Woodbridge also lost her life on the Navy Yard shooting rampage. Her widower Douglass Gaarde left a photo and this message about his wife:

The picture is of Kathy with her 94 year old mother who she cared for until she passed away last year. Kathy was a caring daughter, fantastic mother, wife (of 38 years) and best friend for 43 years. She loved her animals and was a blue bird counter for the local refuge. She also loved hockey and the Washington Capitals and has been a season ticket holder for over 25 years. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL and was a graduate of Florida State University. She and her family have been a resident of the DC area for 38 years. Donations can be made in her name to the Virginia Branch of the Humane Society www.humanesociety.org/about/state/virginia.

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