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September 19th, 2013
04:54 PM ET

Family that had terrifying encounter with Navy Yard killer: It could have been us

An Alabama family are thankful they survived a terrifying encounter with the man they believe went on to kill 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard in a shooting rampage.

Glynda Boyd and her family were at the Norfolk, Virginia, airport waiting to board a flight back to Birmingham, when a man they believe was the eventual Navy Yard killer, Aaron Alexis, approached them.

"He wanted to know if this lady was laughing at him," said Boyd, who explained to the stranger that her 75-year-old aunt was just laughing at some family joke.

He stood over the family for a moment and then went away. He returned minutes later demanding to know why the woman was laughing, accusing her of continually looking at him.
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