All 12 Victims of the Virginia Beach Shooting Are Identified: ‘We Are Devastated at the Loss’

June 1, 2019 Updated: June 1, 2019

The victims of the May 31 mass shooting in Virginia Beach have been identified.

Authorities said that DeWayne Craddock, a city employee, opened fire in Building Two, a municipal building, killing 12 people and leaving at least four others wounded.

The city released pictures and information about each victim.

They were:

Laquita Brown, right-of-way agent at public works
Tara Welch Gallagher, an engineer at public works
Mary Louise Gayle, right-of-way agent at public works
Alexander Mikhail Gusev, right-of-way agent at public works
Katherine Nixon, an engineer at public utilities
Richard Nettleton, an engineer at public utilities
Christopher Kelly Rapp, an engineer at public works
Ryan Keith Cox, an account clerk at public utilities
Joshua Hardy, an engineering technician at public utilities
Michelle “Missy” Langer, an administrative assistant at public utilities
Robert “Bobby” Williams, a special projects coordinator at public utilities
Herbert “Bert” Snelling, a contractor for the city

“We are devastated at the loss of our friends and colleagues,” the city said in a statement.

Tara Welch Gallagher, an engineer at public works. (City of Virginia Beach)
Mary Louise Gayle, right-of-way agent at public works. (City of Virginia Beach)
Alexander Mikhail Gusev, right-of-way agent at public works. (City of Virginia Beach)
Katherine Nixon, an engineer at public utilities. (City of Virginia Beach)
Richard Nettleton, an engineer at public utilities. (City of Virginia Beach)
Ryan Keith Cox, an account clerk at public utilities. (City of Virginia Beach)
Joshua Hardy, an engineering technician at public utilities. (City of Virginia Beach)
Michelle “Missy” Langer, an administrative assistant at public utilities. (City of Virginia Beach)
Robert “Bobby” Williams, a special projects coordinator at public utilities. (City of Virginia Beach)
Herbert “Bert” Snelling, a contractor for Virginia Beach. (City of Virginia Beach)

The victims were being mourned by family, friends, and officials.

“They leave a void that we will never be able to fill,” City Manager Dave Hansen told reporters at a Saturday morning press conference, according to NBC.

Sinda Price was among those reacting, mourning Laquita Brown.

“It still doesn’t feel real. I can’t believe she’s gone… She was one of those people who just lit up a room. Every room… And now that light is gone, and my heart can’t stop hurting,” she wrote on Facebook, sharing a Bible verse.

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