November 24, 2020

Navy Yard shooting victim was mother, proud Webster grad

Correction: This story originally referred to Knight as an alumnus when it should have described her as an alumna.

Mary Francis Knight, 51, Webster alumna and victim in the Navy Yard shooting in Washington D.C., was a proud Webster University alumna, according to her daughter Nicole Knight.
Nicole Knight attends Webster University at the Fort Braggs campus in N.C.. She is pursuing a MA in Human Resources Management.

“My mother was very happy that I was going to Webster University and pursuing my education,” said Knight in a statement to Webster University. “She said I was ‘following in her footsteps.’ My mother always promised me the day I was born that she would give me an education, and she kept her promise.”

Mary Francis Knight graduated from Webster University’s former satellite campus at Pope Air Force Base in N.C. in 2004 with a degree in computer resources management and information management.

Mary Francis Knight served in the military for 30 years. At her recent assignment at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters she was promoted to an IT Specialist.

The shooting at the Yard began at 8:30 a.m. when the shooter, Aaron Alexis, used his security pass to access the Yard and begin his assault. Alexis, a defense contractor employee, was later killed in a shootout with police.

Outside of her work with the military Mary Francis Knight was also teaching two classes at North Virginia Community College. This was her first semester teaching at the college.

Mary Francis Knight also attended the National Defense University and received Chief Information Officer and Information Assurance certificates.Mary Francis Knight left behind two daughters, Nicole and Danielle.

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