Step into Mary Higgins' home and she'll be happy to tell you just how proud she is of her son, Richard.
"So proud of him...so proud of him,"
Richard Higgins, II went into the Air Force after high school. Mary, proud as she was, was also apprehensive.
"I thought I couldn't get to him if I needed to," she said.
So when he retired from active duty to take a job in Washington DC, she thought she could rest easy.
"Yes...yes...it was a relief," Mary said.
That was before this morning. Richard Higgins, II works at the Navy Yard, but was running late this morning. When he stepped off the Metro, the shooting was over.
"I never knew it was a shooting until my cell phone was blowing up with text messages from folks wanting to know if I was ok and I didn't know what was going on until I saw a gentleman who they were performing CPR on trying to bring back to life," he said.
He's safe at home with his family tonight, but he knows others, maybe even some of his friends, won't be anymore.
"I know I know some of the folks who are deceased, they just haven't announced the names. I used to go to that building for lunch. That really concerns me," he said.
And when he comes back home to Winchester in a few weeks, Mary will be hugging just a little tighter.
"Every time I see him, I hug him because it could be the last...it could be the last time," she said.
Mary Higgins and Richard Higgins, II both asked for prayers for the families of the victims as well as the family of the suspected gunman.