Known as one of the single largest loss of life in Washington D.C. since 1982, the resulting 13 casualties from the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard includes Kenneth Bernard Proctor, who was a member of the Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians. At just 46 years old, Proctor was also the youngest victim of the tragedy.
When speaking to a member of the Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians, they verified Proctor was a member of the tribe, but did not wish to comment further.
According to the Associated Press, Proctor was a civilian utilities foreman at the Navy Yard but didn’t work in that building. Proctor’s ex-wife, Evelyn Proctor, told the AP, “it was a routine thing for him to go there in the morning for breakfast, and unfortunately it happened.”
She also told the AP, “We still talked every day, and we lived 10 minutes away from each other, He was a very loving, caring, gentle person.”
As honor to the Piscataway tribe, Indian Country Today Media Network will write up a follow-up feature on the contributions of Proctor after speaking with family and the Tribal Chairwoman Natalie Proctor-StandingontheRock.
Since the 1700s the Piscataway have been an unrecognized people. In January of 2012, the tribe celebrated state recognition given through an Executive Order by Governor Martin O’Malley.