#SayTheirNames: Virginia Beach mourns, remembers victims of Municipal Center shooting

(Southside Daily/Courtesy of the city of Virginia Beach)
(Southside Daily/Courtesy of the city of Virginia Beach)

VIRGINIA BEACH — City officials are inviting the public to come to “VB Remembers,” an event to remember the victims of Friday’s Municipal Center mass shooting.

It will be on Thursday at 7 p.m. at The Rock Church, 640 Kempsville Road.

For those wanting to donate to the victims, Virginia Beach has asked United Way to partner on this response. The victims affected by the tragedy will receive 100 percent of the funds raised. Please note, because the funds will go directly to individuals, donations are not tax deductible.

Donate by clicking here, or by texting the keyword VABEACH to 41444.

To volunteer in any capacity, city officials are coordinating the effort through Volunteer Hampton Roads.

If you can’t make the event Thursday, here’s a list of remembrances through the week.

Monday:

  • Noon — Courthouse Community UMC, 2708 Princess Anne Road.
  • 5 p.m., Coastal Coffee (Compassion Cards), 8418 Tidewater Drive (Norfolk).
  • 7 p.m., Courthouse Community UMC, 2708 Princess Anne Road.

Wednesday:

  • 6 p.m. — Old Dominion University, outside Webb University Center, located at 1526 W. 49th St. (Norfolk).

Saturday:

  • 10 a.m. – Memorial walk  Virginia Beach victims, families & community at Mount Trashmore Park, 310 Edwin Drive.

For up-to-date info, click here.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) 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.