Chesapeake holds vigil for Walmart shooting victims
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WWBT) - The city of Chesapeake held a vigil on Monday night to remember and honor the lives of the six victims killed in a deadly shooting at Walmart last week.
“We will light our candles together as one community sending a message to the six lives that we have lost,” Chesapeake Mayor Rick West said.
Hundreds gathered to stand with one another to learn more about the victims killed and the others injured.
Randy Blevins was described as soft-spoken and kind-hearted.
Tyneka Johnson was known as a light in a dim room.
Brian Pendleton was a hardworking employee who made sure he showed up for work every day on time even when he didn’t have the means to get there.
Kellie Pyle was a mother and grandmother who everyone loved.
Lorenzo Gamble had two sons and worked hard for the family he loved.
At 16-years-old, Fernando Chavez-Barron was the youngest victim.
“He was so responsible, supportive, and always helped his dad,” City Councilman Don Carey, said to the crown. “His dad said he was my best friend.”
According to authorities, a manager at the store opened fire before turning the gun on himself on Nov. 23.
Gov. Glenn Youngkin was also in attendance Monday night and told the community, despite recent heinous acts in Virginia to not lose hope.
“Rather we must mend our wounds of grief with an unyielding determination to change the conditions of our society that have increasingly bread a culture of despair,” Youngkin said.
Youngkin said he will work across party lines to address what he calls a mental and behavioral health crisis across the Commonwealth.
“We will work together to chart a path forward for better mental and behavioral health so that we can serve all Virginians and so that we can love one another,” Youngkin said.
The vigil ended with candles lit and a reminder to stay strong.
“We pray that Lorenzo, Fernando, Randle, Kellie, Brian, and Tyneka will be blessed in paradise. We stand with you Chesapeake,” Youngkin said.
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