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Tampa family to sue government over Navy Yard shooting

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Police kept streets clear from traffic for hours after the September 2013 shooting. Image AP Police kept streets clear from traffic for hours after the September 2013 shooting. Image AP
Aaron Alexis Aaron Alexis
Mary Frances Delorenzo Knight was one of the victims in the September 2013 Navy Yard shooting Mary Frances Delorenzo Knight was one of the victims in the September 2013 Navy Yard shooting
Patricia spoke at the podium about her sister and taking care of her sisters two kids. Patricia spoke at the podium about her sister and taking care of her sisters two kids.
Patricia Ann Delorenzo held up up this picture of her sister and said the picture was taken the last time she and her sister were together. Patricia Ann Delorenzo held up up this picture of her sister and said the picture was taken the last time she and her sister were together.

A Tampa family is planning to bring a lawsuit against the U.S. government over the deadly Washington Navy Yard Shooting that took place on September 16th.

Former Tampa resident Mary Frances Delorenzo Knight was one of the victims in that shooting. Her sister, Patricia Delorenzo, brought a photo from Knight's daughter's wedding. It's the last time she saw her sister alive.

"She was just absolutely beautiful and radiant in it and it captured her spirit," Delorenzo said. "That's why this is my favorite."

During a news conference Friday in Tampa, attorneys for the family of Mary Delorenzo Knight said they are seeking the money in an administrative claim.

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The claim, which is the first step toward filing a lawsuit, has been delivered to the agencies.

In a press release, attorneys  said the government had lax security, which allowed the shooter, Aaron Alexis, to enter the Navy Yard in Washington, DC with a sawed off shotgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. They also claim the government knew Aaron was delusional and dangerous.

"This is a question of the Navy violating its own established security policies and procedures, not to let armed crazy men onto their property," said attorney Sidney Matthew.

Aaron shot and killed 12 civilian employees and injured another dozen people. He was shot and killed by police.

Several years before that, Delorenzo had gotten a letter from her sister, asking her to open it if she was ever dead or incapacitated.

"Unfortunately, I had to open that package on September 16th to find out what it was she wanted me to do," Delorenzo said.

The letter asked her to take care of Knight's two daughters, both in their 20's. Delorenzo said she also wants to make sure that something like this never happens to another family. She hopes a lawsuit will also bring changes.

"Make sure somebody doesn't have a gun when they go onto the base," she said through tears. "It's a Navy base; I just don't understand why they didn't have those measures in place."

 

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