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Navy Yard shooting victim Martin Bodrog remembered as a great neighbor, father

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It is unsurprising that Martin Bodrog, of Annandale, Va., was at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday. He had been associated with the military his whole adult life.

After graduating from high school in Audobon, N.J., Marty Bodrog entered the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, from which he graduated in 1981.

Bodrog then spent 22 years in the Navy as a Surface Warfare officer, retiring as a Commander. Then he stuck with the Navy as a civilian employee, using his expertise to help design and procure ships.

Neighbors say Bodrog also served his church as a religious education teacher and he served his neighborhood where residents were shocked to learn of his murder.

"I mean, I saw him almost daily walking his dog," said Michele Arkin, who approached a group of reporters and photographers to ask what was going on.

Arkin was stunned to learn that Bodrog was among the 12 murder victims at the Navy Yard.

"[He was] the nicest man,” she said. “He shoveled my snow in the winter. I'm just in shock. I really am."

Bodrog and his wife Melanie have three daughters. Neighbors say Marty was a terrific and active father, and he loved walking his little dog, Eddie.

"So, [I] used to see Marty out either taking the kids places or running with Eddie," recalled neighbor Kathy Francis. "Just a good neighbor. He used to help shovel the yard of an elderly guy during the wintertime. Just [a] nice guy."

Neighbor Ron Early, an Air force veteran (who also then worked as a civilian employee of the federal government), told us Bodrog was a wonderful neighbor and a terrific father.

"I'm just saddened by it,” he said. “It's a personal tragedy, but it really hit home. And, as I mentioned earlier, we've got to do something about gun control. I normally don't make a political pitch, but this time it really hits."

At that point, Early, a burly man, choked up and could speak no more.

Bodrog is survived by his wife of 25 years, Melanie, and by his three daughters: Isabel, Sophie and Rita.

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