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Family of Washington Navy Yard Shooting Victim Files Claim

Matt McClain/ The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The family of a woman killed during the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in September is seeking money from the U.S. Navy and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The family of Mary Frances DeLorenzo Knight says the government had plenty of notice that Aaron Alexis -- the former Navy reservist who killed 12 employees of the Navy Yard and injured others before he was killed by police gunfire -- was dangerous, but did nothing about it.

Attorneys are filing a claim for $37 million and say they will file a lawsuit if their claim is rejected.

“We fully expect that the Navy will deny this claim,” said attorney Sidney Wallace, who is representing the victim’s sister Patricia DeLorenzo. “They have done nothing in the past six weeks to admit wrong-doing and correction of their policies and procedures. They haven't said a word.”

The suit claims Alexis should not have had clearance because of previous brushes with the law and that he should have been checked for the shotgun he brought into the Navy Yard.

“That's what we're doing,” Wallace said, “is try to bring this to light, force them to change their procedures so that this doesn't happen to anybody else.”

The Navy and Department of Veterans Affairs must investigate the claim and determine whether it has merit.

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