News from Representative Luria

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Dear Friend,

I am heartbroken about the senseless act of violence that occurred in Virginia Beach last Friday. It was a day that changed our city forever, but we will not let it define us.

I grieve for those who lost their lives, their families, and everyone who loved them.

We must remember and honor the service of Laquita C. Brown, Ryan Keith Cox, Tara Welch Gallagher, Mary Louise Gayle, Alexander Mikhail Gusev, Joshua O. Hardy, Michelle “Missy” Langer, Richard H. Nettleton, Katherine A. Nixon, Christopher Kelly Rapp, Herbert “Bert” Snelling, and Robert “Bobby” Williams.

My heart is with their families and all who knew them, worked beside them, and loved them.

I wish a speedy recovery to all who are injured. I thank the first responders, medical personnel, and our heroic law enforcement officials who responded within minutes to prevent further horror, including a Virginia Beach police officer whose bulletproof vest saved his life.

This is a tragedy no one ever wants to experience. But the past several days have reaffirmed the power and unity of Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads region I am so proud to call home.

Over the weekend, I saw the faces and learned more about the lives of the 12 incredible people we lost far too soon. I am speaking on the House Floor to honor their memory today.

I saw heroic police, fire, and EMS personnel who risked their lives to save others before comforting our community in the immediate aftermath of this tragedy.

I saw unbelievable bravery at Sentara Hospital, where I had the privilege of visiting with a survivor of Friday’s shooting.

I saw love and hope at heartfelt vigils Saturday at Bridge Church, Sunday at Piney Grove Baptist Church, and yesterday at the City of Virginia Beach employee convocation.

I saw strength among our city leaders and law enforcement officials as they addressed our hardworking and grieving local press, describing a heartbreaking timeline of events that struck our city.

I saw our community’s determination to keep the honored 12 forever in our memories.

Now is the time for healing, coming together, and determining ways to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again. My staff and I stand ready to assist. Our community will emerge stronger.

I have returned to Washington for votes in Congress, but the honored 12, their families, and our community are foremost in my heart.

We are #VBStrong.

Click here to learn how to help and support those affected by Friday’s shooting in Virginia Beach

Family Assistance Center Relocation

The Family Assistance Center (FAC) has relocated to Princess Anne Recreation Center located at 1400 Nimmo Pkwy. Representatives are on site to provide resources for survivors, families, and city employees. The FAC will be open through Friday, June 7 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Here are some of the services available:

  • Grief counselors
  • FBI Victim Services Division - Crisis Intervention and Needs Assessment
  • Employee Assistance Program information
  • Chaplains
  • Virginia Beach Payroll staff will be on hand to answer questions regarding core benefits (Life Insurance, Retirement, etc.).
  • Virginia Beach Finance/Risk Management staff will have information on Workers Compensation, Indemnity Replacement Wages, Funeral Assistance and Unreported Incident Injury
  • Employees can also visit the FAC to file a request to retrieve personal property through FBI Victim Services.
  • Comfort/Therapy dogs will be on site from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Details on each day's FAC services can be found here under the “Latest Updates” tab.

Vigils and Memorial Services

To learn about the latest vigils and memorial services, please click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Learn More About The Honored 12

 

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