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Memorial service honors Virginia Beach Municipal Center shooting victims

Several City offices in Virginia Beach were closed to allow staff to attend the service honoring the employees killed and injured.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A memorial service was held Thursday morning to honor the 12 employees killed and four critically injured during the May 31 shooting in Building 2.

The City of Virginia Beach wants the service to focus on the victims and their families, friends, and colleagues.

Between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., the following Virginia Beach offices will be closed:

  • Mayor’s Office
  • City Manager’s Office
  • Communications Office
  • Cultural Affairs Office
  • Economic Development
  • Finance – All divisions except Purchasing, which will remain open
  • Housing and Neighborhood Preservation – Only Director’s Office closed
  • Housing Resource Center will be closed for walk-ins and phone calls. Provider offices and shelters will continue to operate
  • Human Resources
  • Human Services Beach House program – Closed all day
  • Office of Volunteer Resources
  • Planning and Community Development, including Permits and Inspections
  • Public Utilities – The call center (385-4631) will be staffed to take calls from customers. However, during the memorial, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., only priority calls such as water turn-offs and turn-ons will be serviced. All other inquiries will be addressed after 1 p.m. During the ceremony, calls to Public Utilities Operations front office (385-1400) will answered by 311
  • Public Works – Thursday/Friday waste collection services may be delayed
  • Virginia Beach Public Library – With the exception of the Joint Use Library, all branches, the Wahab Law Library, Records Management Office, and Library Administration

City offices and services not mentioned here will be open and operating, although some may be at a reduced capacity. 

“I have asked all departments to do what we can to make sure everyone who wants to attend the service be allowed to do so,” said City Manager Dave Hansen. “Each department has assessed its operations and is making adjustments. We just ask the public to be patient during the time when some offices are closed and some services are temporarily unavailable during this period.”


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