Family: N.C. native among victims killed in Navy Yard shooting

FAYETTEVILLE, CUMBERLAND COUNTY (WTVD) - A North Carolina native is a victim of the shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington Monday morning, according to family.

Fayetteville native Mary DeLorenzo Knight, 51, was an information technology contractor for the military and was at work in the Navy Yard building where the shootings occurred.

Knight's death was confirmed through a family spokesperson, who said they were contacted by the FBI late Monday night. The FBI did not provide more information.

Knight also taught at Northern Virginia Community College. Her mother, Lilly DeLorenzo, told WTVD Tuesday that her daughter grew up in Fayetteville and was part of a military family. She attended 71st High School and UNC.

"I hope there is such a thing as heaven. You know, you pray for your family and sometimes I wonder. I really do," said DeLorenzo.

Knight has two daughters- one lived with Knight, the other resides in Fayetteville.

Officials in Washington said 12 people were killed by 34-year-old Aaron Alexis in Monday morning's shooting spree at the Navy's Sea Systems Command headquarters building. Three more were wounded, including a police officer. Those three are expected to survive.

The motive for the mass shooting - the deadliest on a military installation in the U.S. since the tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009 - was a mystery, investigators said. But a profile Alexis was coming into focus. He was described as a Buddhist who had also had flares of rage, complained about the Navy and being a victim of discrimination, and had several run-ins with law enforcement, including two shootings.  

U.S. law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that Alexis had been suffering a host of serious mental issues, including paranoia and a sleep disorder. He also had been hearing voices in his head, the officials said. Alexis had been treated since August by the Veterans Administration for his mental problems, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the criminal investigation in the case was continuing.  

The Navy had not declared him mentally unfit, which would have rescinded a security clearance Alexis had from his earlier time in the Navy Reserves.  

Family members told investigators Alexis was being treated for his mental issues.

(Copyright ©2013 ABC11-WTVD-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved - The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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