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Suspect in DC slays grew up in Queens

Aaron Alexis lived in Kew Gdns. Hills

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:43 am, Thu Sep 26, 2013.

Aaron Alexis, the suspect in Monday’s shooting rampage at the Washington, DC Navy Yard, was born in Queens and grew up here.

After killing 12 and wounding 14 others, Alexis was shot by police and died.

Although information on the former Navy Reservist and computer consultant remains scarce, it is known that Alexis, 34, grew up in Kew Gardens Hills with his family.

His last known Queens address, where he lived at least from 2000 to 2002, is 144-46 77 Road. Neighbors remember him as a quiet youth. In 2000, he applied for a shotgun permit, but it was cancelled in 2003 when he failed to renew.

Alexis, who last lived in Fort Worth, Tex., attended Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, where he was involved in a fight in 1997. Authorities say he was hit on the head with a bottle during the dispute.

His parents later divorced and his mother and sister live in Brooklyn. His father, who also lives in New York City, said his son suffered from anger management problems brought on by post-traumatic stress syndrome. He attributes it to 9/11 and says Aaron helped in the recovery efforts, although no one has verified that.

Alexis had been treated for mental problems since August, but retained his security clearance.

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