September 18, 2013

For Navy yard shooter, Buddhism was a temporary refuge

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Poster published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding Aaron Alexis, the shooter identified as responsible for the Washington Navy Yard killings.

Courtesy FBI

Poster published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding Aaron Alexis, the shooter identified as responsible for the Washington Navy Yard killings.

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(RNS) Aaron Alexis practiced Buddhism, was learning to speak Thai and meditated often, friends say. But something in him had changed in recent months.