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Police cars are parked outside a Residence Inn hotel where it is believed the gunman involved in the Washington Navy Yard shooting had been staying, Monday Sept. 16, 2013 in Washington. Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist went on a shooting rampage Monday inside a building at the heavily secured Washington Navy Yard, firing from a balcony onto office workers in an atrium below, authorities and witnesses said.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Victim of Navy Yard shootings had Minnesota ties

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SHOREVIEW, Minn. (AP) — A Shoreview woman lost her sister-in-law in the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.

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Janet Hartsvet says Kathy Gaarde is among the 12 people killed Monday by a former Navy reservist who was slain in a gun battle with police. Hartsvet tells WCCO that in addition to her brother, Kathy leaves behind two children — ages 26 and 33. Hartsvet says her sister-in-law worked on military contracts at the Navy Yard and was approaching retirement.

In an email to The Associated Press, Gaarde's husband, Douglass, said he and his wife had been married 38 years and were just starting to plan their retirement activities. Gaarde says his 63-year-old wife was a financial analyst. The couple lived in Woodbridge, Va.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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