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Survey Results - Memorial and Building 2

2,650 people provided input on initial ideas for a memorial and options for the future use and naming of Building 2.

https://www.loveforvb.com/_assets/Survey-Results-Summary-08022019.pdf

https://www.loveforvb.com/_assets/Comments-from-Survey-July-2019.pdf

Preserving Items from Temporary Memorial

Staff with History Museums collect and preserve mementos placed at the temporary memorial site for the 12 who died in the May 31, 2019 shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center.

Preserving Items from Temporary Memorial

A Morning for Remembrance Replay

Dedicated to our Virginia Beach family members that we lost May 31, 2019…We will never forget.

A Morning for Remembrance Memorial Service Program

Memorial Items

Beginning Monday, July 8, professionals with the Virginia Beach History Museums trained in the care and preservation of museum objects will collect items on a regular basis from the temporary memorial to ensure the long-term preservation of the contents. Staff will collect both general memorial items and those associated with each victim. Memorial items will be carefully documented and made available to the victims’ families or stored for potential future uses. At this time, we are concentrating on healing and collecting from the memorial. The City will begin to explore options for a permanent monument or memorial in the coming weeks.


VBHM staff will not collect:

  • Flowers, real or artificial (except customized)
  • Vases, baskets, etc.
  • Food
  • Lawn ornaments—pinwheels etc.
  • Balloons
  • Wet or moldy items (unless customized/exceptional)


Questions? Email News@VBGov.com or call 757-385-4679.

Update on Municipal Center Shooting

Update on Municipal Center Shooting

Public Utilities Call Center Open

The Public Utilities call center is open and can be reached at (757) 385-4631. For customer issues that cannot be handled via phone or online, please call (757) 385-4171. ​

Planning’s Customer Service Counters Temporarily Relocated to Building 19N

​Beginning Monday, June 17, the Planning and Community Development (PCD) Department's general Customer Service Counter, along with the Permits and Inspections/Zoning Counter, will be relocated to Building 19N in the Municipal Center, 2416 Courthouse Drive. The entrance to this portion of Building 19 faces Princess Anne Road. It will serve as the temporary intake location for all board and commission applications and the drop-off location for supplemental Development Services Center documents not submitted via Accela, the online portal.

Knowledgeable staff for each program area within the PCD will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions and help customers with PCD-related activities. Please note that walk-in permit issuance will end at 4 p.m. due to the requirement for payments to be processed by the Treasurer's Office.

For more information, see the news release.

Moment of Silence Friday, June 7

Citizens are invited to join City employees in observing a moment of silence, wherever you are, at 4:06 p.m. this afternoon (Friday, June 7) to remember and honor the twelve individuals who perished in last Friday’s mass shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center.​

SHOOTING SUSPECT RESIGNATION LETTER

At the Sunday, June 2 update briefing regarding the Municipal Center shootings, City Manager Dave Hansen referenced the emailed resignation letter. Detectives have cleared us to release it with redactions in accordance with § 2.2-3075.1(1) (Personnel Info).

https://www.loveforvb.com/_assets/Resignation-Letter.pdf

City Operating Schedule

City offices at the municipal center complex are open, except Building 2. Building 2 will remain closed until further notice.

The City Treasurer's Office resumed operations on Tuesday, June 4. Online payment options and drop boxes at each of our locations are still available for your use 24/7. Personal property and real estate tax payments normally due on June 5 will be accepted as on-time payments until June 19 to assist our community during the coming weeks of grieving, honor and remembrance.

All other City offices and facilities located away from the municipal center, such as the Aquarium, libraries, parks & recreation offices, the visitor centers, etc. will open as usual. Schools and courts will also be open.

Bishop Sullivan Catholic Prayer Service

Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School will hold an optional prayer service Monday, June 3 for the victims and families affected by Friday’s tragedy. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to gather and pick up blue ribbons at 7:30 AM in the gym. The prayer service will begin at 7:40 AM and end in time for students to report to classrooms for their 8:00 AM theology exam.

Students are encouraged to wear blue shirts Monday with regular uniform bottoms to unite in solidarity with our Virginia Beach community and to honor the lives lost May 31, 2019.

Family Assistance Center

The Family Assistance Center (FAC) is at Princess Anne Recreation Center located at 1400 Nimmo Pkwy. Counselors and information on resources for survivors, families and city employees is available this weekend.

  • Saturday, June 8, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 9, from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Remembrance Ceremony

A remembrance ceremony for the 12 individuals who lost their lives on May 31, 2019 in the Virginia Beach Municipal Shooting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 6 at Rock Church located at 640 Kempsville Rd. in Virginia Beach. This is a nondenominational service, and representatives of multiple faiths will be participating. There will be sign language interpretation at the ceremony. For those watching the live stream, CBN will have closed captioning, and we understand local affiliates will also have closed captioning.

Parking is available at the church. Public safety officials will direct attendees to designated overflow parking areas if needed.

Tip Line

If you have any information or tips regarding the May 31 tragedy, please reach out to 1-800-CALL-FBI. Victims and their families can also call in for information about services.

Victim Reporting

Victims who may not have come forward yet, but would like to, may self-report at victimservices@fbi.gov. Someone will be in touch.

LaQuita C. Brown


Public Works – 4.5 years

Right-of-Way Agent

Resident of Chesapeake

Age: 39

Ryan Keith Cox


Public Utilities – 12.5 years

Account Clerk

Resident of Virginia Beach

Age: 50

Tara Welch Gallagher


Public Works – 6 years

Engineer

Resident of Virginia Beach

Age: 39

Mary Lou Gayle


Public Works - 24 years

Right-of-Way Agent

Resident of Virginia Beach

Age: 65

Alexander Mikhail Gusev


Public Works – 9 years

Right-of-Way Agent

Resident of Virginia Beach

Age: 35

Joshua O. Hardy


Public Utilities – 4.5 years

Engineering Technician

Resident of Virginia Beach

Age: 52

Michelle “Missy” Langer


Public Utilities – 12 years

Administrative Assistant

Resident of Virginia Beach

Age: 60

Richard H. Nettleton


Public Utilities – 28 years

Engineer

Resident of Norfolk

Age: 65

Katherine A. Lusich Nixon


Public Utilities – 10 years

Engineer

Resident of Virginia Beach

Age: 42

Christopher Kelly Rapp


Public Works – 11 mos

Engineer

Resident of Powhatan

Age: 54

Herbert “Bert” Snelling


Project Manager

Resident of Virginia Beach

Robert “Bobby” Williams


Public Utilities – 41 years

Special Projects Coordinator

Resident of Chesapeake

Age: 72

Donations

If you’re interested in providing monetary support, please consider donating at https://www.unitedwayshr.org/vabeach or by texting the keyword VABEACH to 41444. Virginia Beach has asked United Way to partner on this response. The victims affected by this tragedy will receive 100% of the funds raised. Please note, because these funds will go directly to individuals, donations are not tax deductible.

We will update this webpage with additional opportunities as they become available. Thank you for your support during this difficult time.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity to assist the City of Virginia Beach in the aftermath of the tragedy that occurred on Friday, May 31, we are coordinating that effort through VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads.


We ask that volunteers do not self deploy and remain at home until they are contacted and given instructions. Please be sure that you have filled out a complete profile on the VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads website so that we can properly contact you should you be needed.

June & July Bikesways & Trails Advisory Committee Meetings Cancelled

The June and July Bikesways & Trails Advisory Committee meetings have been cancelled. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 19 at 3:30 m. in the Parks and Recreation Administration Building, 2154 Landstown Road.

PLANNING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

All Planning & Community Development meetings and public hearings have been cancelled for the month of June. The following meetings are cancelled:

  • Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Planning Commission Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Board
  • Wetlands Board
  • Historical Review Board
  • Historic Preservation Commission
  • ITA/TACAC
  • Confederate Statue Workgroup

Clean the Bay Day

City crews that are collecting bagged litter for Clean the Bay Day will proceed as scheduled.

Sea Level Rise Meeting

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.

Virginia Beach Crime Solvers

The Virginia Beach Crime Solvers Pig Pickin‘ & Family Fun Day is taking place as scheduled from 1-5 p.m. today at the Military Aviation Museum.

Volunteer Beach Cleanup

Waste Management's volunteer beach cleanup on Monday is still on schedule.

City Facilities

All City facilities that would normally be open on Sundays will be open Sunday, June 2 - the convention center, the Virginia Aquarium, recreation centers, parks, visitors centers, etc.

Briefing 5 - Virginia Beach Media Briefing, Municipal Center Shooting - June 2, 2019 10:30 a.m.

Briefing 4 - Virginia Beach Media Briefing, Municipal Center Shooting - June 1, 2019 3:00 p.m.

Briefing 3 - Virginia Beach Media Briefing Municipal Center Shooting - June 1, 2019 8:30 a.m.

Briefing 2 - Virginia Beach Media Briefing, Municipal Center Shooting - May 31, 2019 - 9:30 p.m.

Briefing 1 - Virginia Beach Media Briefing, Municipal Center shooting - Friday, May 31, 2019 - 7 p.m.


Memorial Items (Flowers, Photos, etc.):

For now items may be brought to Building 11 (Police Headquarters) at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, between the building and Princess Anne Rd.


Beginning Monday, July 8, professionals with the Virginia Beach History Museums trained in the care and preservation of museum objects will collect items on a regular basis from the temporary memorial to ensure the long-term preservation of the contents. Staff will collect both general memorial items and those associated with each victim. Memorial items will be carefully documented and made available to the victims’ families or stored for potential future uses. At this time, we are concentrating on healing and collecting from the memorial. The City will begin to explore options for a permanent monument or memorial in the coming weeks.


VBHM staff will not collect:


  • Flowers, real or artificial (except customized)
  • Vases, baskets, etc.
  • Food
  • Lawn ornaments—pinwheels etc.
  • Balloons
  • Wet or moldy items (unless customized/exceptional)

Questions? Email News@VBGov.com or call 757-385-4679.