VIRGINIA BEACH — The grieving in this city will remain for a very long time, but residents also took the first steps toward reclaiming the Resort City’s identity. They did so intentionally and visibly in some cases, with prayers and vigils.
On Monday all around the state – and perhaps the country – students wore blue, a sign of solidarity and support to the victims of Friday’s mass shooting at the city’s Municipal Center.
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.
Four people remain hospitalized.
Police Chief Jim Cervera identified the shooter, who died in a gunbattle with police, as DeWayne Craddock 40, a longtime city employee.
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