Virginia Beach Police mourns the loss of one of their own – K9 Rex

K9 Rex (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Police Department)
K9 Rex (Southside Daily/Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Police Department)

VIRGINIA BEACH — One of this city’s police K9s has died.

And the beginning of the announcement from the Virginia Beach Police Department said it all” “It is with great sadness…”

Rex, an interdiction dog, died Wednesday, said police spokeswoman MPO Linda Kuehn.

Kuehn said Rex and hist partner, Det. D. Kagel, began their interdiction stint in the department’s Special Investigation in October 2008.

In those 10 years, Rex and Kagel helped seize hundreds of pounds of marijuana, several kilos of cocaine and heroin as well as more than $2.6 million, Kuehn said, adding the dog received an award from the U.S Attorney’s Office.

Rex will be memorialized during the department’s annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service on May 17.

The event will be at 2 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at 35th Street and Boardwalk.

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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.