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Monday, May 20, 2024

Mourners gather at the memorials to pay respects and spread love

VIRGINIA BEACH — The memorials in front of Building 11 and Building 2 seem to have grown overnight as mourners flock to the sites with flowers, mementos and lots of love.

The community has rushed to embrace city workers after the tragic shooting Friday that claimed the lives of 12 people.

Among the dead from that carnage were four other engineers who worked to maintain streets and protect wetlands and three right-of-way agents who reviewed property lines. Others included an account clerk, a technician, an administrative assistant and a special projects coordinator. In all, they had served the city of Virginia Beach for more than 150 years.

On site Monday were several therapy dogs and prayer team members from Trinity Church who were handing out water bottles, blue ribbons and Bibles.

Since the memorial was put up on Saturday morning, 12 crosses have been added to the two platforms in front of Building 11.

Each of the crosses has a picture of the victims, some mementos from mourners and there are sharpies for people to write notes on the crosses.

Look for the helpers

The Virginia Beach Restaurant Association will be working together to provide gift cards from restaurants to provide to the families for out of town guests or personal use, according to the association’s Facebook post.

In addition the association’s help, other organizations and individuals who want to donate can do so here. 

Those interested in offering help to the city can click here.


Monday city offices at the municipal center complex, including the Treasurer’s Office, Voter Registrars Office and the Commissioner of Revenue Office, were closed.

Offsite locations of the City Treasurer’s Office were closed as well.

All other city offices and facilities located away from the municipal center, such as the Aquarium, libraries, parks & recreation offices, the visitor centers, etc. are open as usual.

Schools and courts remain open.

Tuesday, city offices at the municipal center complex will be open, except Building 2.

Building 2 will remain closed until further notice.

All sea level rise public meetings scheduled for this week are postponed and the dates/times for the rescheduled meetings will be communicated as they are available.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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