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Service Honors Navy Yard Shooting Victim

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel lays a wreath in honor of the Navy Yard shooting victims, at the U.S. Navy Memorial, September 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. 13 people were killed, including the gunman, during Monday's shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel lays a wreath in honor of the Navy Yard shooting victims, at the U.S. Navy Memorial, September 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. 13 people were killed, including the gunman, during Monday’s shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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SPRINGFIELD, Va. — Family and friends will celebrate the life of a longtime Navy officer who was among the 12 people slain by a gunman at the Washington Navy Yard.

The church service Saturday in Springfield will honor 54-year-old Martin Bodrog of Annandale. He retired as a commander after a 22-year career, and then worked as a civilian overseeing the design and procurement of Navy ships.

Bodrog was killed Monday by Aaron Alexis, an information-technology contractor with a history of erratic behavior. Investigators say Alexis brought a shotgun to work and also used a handgun he seized after fatally shooting a security guard.

Bodrog and his wife had three daughters. The family is directing any donations to the charitable arm of the Boston Bruins, the hockey team Bodrog loved.

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