The latest on Tragedy in Virginia Beach

“Hampton Roads is much more than a region, we are a family.”- Mayor Rick West, City of Chesapeake, VA

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The latest on Tragedy in Virginia Beach

David Henshaw, Sports Editor

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With the mass tragedy that took place in Virginia beach, one of the cities in the Hampton Roads area, now over, we would like to report on how the city is healing after this tragedy. With reports coming from WAVY-TV-10, NBC News, CBS News, 13 News Now (ABC), and more, we will not be reporting on the tragedy itself, but on the resiliency and unity created in one of our great cities in Virginia.

 

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Old Dominion took the stage on Friday at Virginia Beach’s annual Patriotic Fest.

The band was visibly upset after the tragedy that occurred just hours before the concert.

The lives of 12 individuals were taken after a mass shooting less than ten miles away from the concert venue.

Before the band sang their hit single “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart”, concert-goers chanted “U.S.A”.

Lead singer Matthew Ramsey stepped away from the mic and took a deep breath before singing the emotional lyrics.

‘Cause you can’t keep the ground from shaking, no matter how hard you try’

-NO SUCH THING AS A BROKEN HEART’ OLD DOMINION

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Cities across Hampton Roads are sending words of support to their neighboring city of Virginia Beach, which suffered incredible tragedy Friday afternoon.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC)— One of the largest volunteer events in Virginia had thousands across the state come out to help Clean the Bay on Saturday.

However, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s 31st Clean the Bay Day started with a moment of silence at many cleanup sites for the 12 victims of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center shooting.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Politicians, celebrities and more are releasing statements and offering condolences after 12 people were killed and four people were injured in a mass shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on Friday. (VIA TWITTER)

Many citizens and officials including President Trump are using social media to show their support and sentiments. Some are using the hashtag “#LoveforVB,” “#VBStrong” and “#VirginiaBeachStrong.”

“Spoke to Virginia Governor @RalphNortham last night, and the Mayor and Vice Mayor of Virginia Beach this morning, to offer condolences to that great community. The Federal Government is there, and will be, for whatever they may need. God bless the families and all!”- President Donald Trump

“We are praying for our city, the lives that were lost, their families and everyone affected. We are resilient. We will not only get through this but we’ll come out of this stronger than before we always do.#VIRGINIABEACH” – Pharrell Williams

“#NorfolkVA extends our prayers and deepest sympathies to our @CityofVaBeach colleagues and friends.” – City of Norfolk, VA

“Our hearts go out to everyone in Virginia Beach today.”- City of Hampton, VA

“My deepest condolences and prayers go to the families of those who left home this morning, and will not return tonight, as well as those who have been injured in this tragedy. This is unspeakable, senseless violence.” – Governor Ralph Northam

“Hampton Roads is much more than a region, we are a family.”- Mayor Rick West, City of Chesapeake, VA

“This is a very sad day to hear the tragic news coming out of Virginia Beach that 11 people have been killed in an awful shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. In addition 6 others have been injured.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to our sister city. #vabeachstrong”- Mayor John Rowe, City of Portsmouth, VA

“Our thoughts are with our friends and family in Virginia Beach today. We are saddened by such a senseless tragedy. Today #WeAreVB.”- Chesapeake Public Schools

“Horror in Virginia Beach. Grieving with families of innocent victims and praying hard for those fighting for their lives. Thanks to law enforcement.

Unimaginable pain tonight.”- Terry McAuliffe, Former Governor of Virginia

“Our prayers are with @CityofVaBeach, @VBPD, and the families who lost a loved one in today’s tragedy. #LoveForVB”- Norfolk Police Department

“Virginia Beach, our hearts are broken. We send you our love and prayers and our thoughts remain with everyone affected by today’s tragedy. #LoveForVB”- Newport News Police

“Mass shootings always tear at our hearts and souls, regardless of who and where, but I’m deeply afraid that there are Hokies right now that are grieving the loss of a friend or family member – a big Hokie hug to our friends and family in Virginia Beach. We are all with you.”- President Timothy Sands, Virginia Tech

“Our hearts go out to all those affected by Friday’s mass shooting and senseless act of violence. Many members of the William & Mary family have deep connections to the Virginia Beach community and this tragedy hits close to home for all of us in the Commonwealth. We grieve with our friends, family and neighbors across this region and offer our sincere condolences to the victims and their families.”- President Katherine Rowe, College of William and Mary

“I express my condolences to the victims of the horrific shootings at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, as well as to their families, friends and all others affected by this vicious act of violence.”- President John Broderick, Old Dominion University

“Monarchs everywhere grieve with the families and friends of the victims of the horrific shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center in Princess Anne. To the police and emergency responders who rushed to the scene and put their lives at risk to protect others, we thank you.”- Old Dominion University

“We are stunned and deeply saddened by the tragic news coming out of Virginia Beach this evening. Our hearts go out to all Virginia Beach employees and City leaders and we send heartfelt condolences to those who have lost loved ones. Stay strong Virginia Beach. #wearevabeach”- City of Williamsburg, VA

In sports, Norfolk Tides said, “Our thoughts are with all those affected by today’s tragedy in Virginia Beach. We grieve with the families and thank the first responders for their bravery. An extremely sad day for our area.” and Baltimore Orioles saying, “Our thoughts are with the entire Virginia Beach community.

“In honor and memory of the lives lost on Friday in Virginia Beach, HCS in unity with @vbschools has declared Monday as Wear Blue Day. Our prayers and thoughts go out to and embrace the families in our neighboring @CityofVaBeach #LoveforVB”- Hampton City Schools

While more support for the city has been given, more quotes from state and local officials, sports teams, and other members of the Virginia family are available right here, https://www.wavy.com/virginia-beach-mass-shooting/officials-release-statements-offer-condolences-after-17-people-shot-in-va-beach/

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WTKR)- As the Virginia Beach community deals with the wake of Friday’s mass shooting that left 12 victims and the shooter dead at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, local churches are holding vigils to help bring residents together.

During the weekend, vigils were held all across the city and american, state, and local flags are at half-staff, and even in the midst of tragedy there’s unity.