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Twelve Virginia Beach residents left home on Friday morning never to return. On Friday afternoon, a former and reportedly disgruntled, Public Utilities employee entered the Virginia municipal building and opened fire on victims throughout the building.  After a gun battle with police, the shooter was killed.  A motive for the shooting has not been released. At least 4 others are being treated for injuries.

This has been reported as the worst mass shooting since November of 2018 when 12 people were killed at a country music bar in California.  Please keep the families of the victims and all of those affected by this tragic event in your prayers.  Also, pray for our leaders to make decisions that are best for the safety of us all.

Remembering the 12 victims:

• Laquita C. Brown of Chesapeake, a right-of-way agent who worked 4½ years for Virginia Beach’s public works department.
• Tara Welch Gallagher of Virginia Beach, an engineer who worked six years for the city’s public works department.
• Mary Louise Gayle of Virginia Beach, a right-of-way agent who worked 24 years for the city’s public works department.
• Alexander Mikhail Gusev of Virginia Beach, a right-of-way agent who worked nine years for the public works department.
• Katherine A. Nixon of Virginia Beach, an engineer who worked 10 years for the city’s public utilities department.
• Richard H. Nettleton of Norfolk, an engineer who worked 28 years for Virginia Beach’s public utilities department.
• Christopher Kelly Rapp of Powhatan, an engineer who worked 11 months in Virginia Beach’s public works department.
• Ryan Keith Cox of Virginia Beach, an account clerk who worked 12½ years in the public utilities department.
• Joshua A. Hardy of Virginia Beach, an engineering technician who worked 4½ years in the public utilities department.
• Michelle “Missy” Langer of Virginia Beach, an administrative assistant who worked 12 years in the public utilities department.
• Robert “Bobby” Williams of Chesapeake, a special projects coordinator who worked 41 years in Virginia Beach’s public utilities department.
• Herbert “Bert” Snelling, a contractor who was trying to fill a permit.

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