Aaron Alexis, the man accused of opening fire at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. on Monday morning, died as police came onto the scene and exchanged fire; now, we may never know what his motive was, and twelve people have lost their lives in a tragic bout of violence. Today, his mother released a statement, saying she is heartbroken.
"Our son, Aaron Alexis, has murdered 12 people and wounded several others," Cathleen Alexis said in the statement. "His actions have had a profound and everlasting effect on the families of the victims. I don't know why he did what he did and I'll never be able to ask him why. Aaron is now in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone, and for that I am glad. To the families of the victims, I am so, so very sorry that this has happened. My heart is broken."
Alexis, who was a military contractor, had access to the naval base and used his security clearance to get inside the building on Monday, where he eventually killed 12 and wounded eight more. There have been reports that Alexis struggled with his mental health and rumors that he suffered from post traumatic stress disorder after 9/11, but very little about him has been confirmed.
Cathleen Alexis says she wants to start picking up the pieces but doesn't know if she can return to work after this.
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