Our Hampton Roads Engineering Community suffered a tremendous loss on 31 May 2019, in which words can’t express how saddened we all are. As most of you know, a horrific and senseless mass shooting at the Virginia Beach Public Works Building Two occurred and took the lives of twelve innocent and honorable individuals. Eleven of the twelve deceased victims were Public Works employees, while the other victim was a civilian contractor. In addition, four employees were critically wounded and the hundreds of other employees who witnessed this horrific tragedy will be emotionally scarred for life. Two of the deceased were ASCE members and one of the wounded sits on the Norfolk Branch Board of Directors. On behalf of the Norfolk Branch American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Virginia ASCE Section, ASCE Regionals, and ASCE Nationals, we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families, loved ones, friends, and co-workers of the victims. As an engineering community and family, we are thinking of you during these difficult times and wish you all healing and peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Virginia Section, Regionals, and Nationals continue to volunteer and offer support to the Norfolk Branch ASCE to help honor and memorialize the victims. In the weeks and months to come, the Norfolk Branch ASCE will be working hard and taking actions to honor and commemorate the lives of our fallen comrades. Please continue to follow the Norfolk Branch Web site as we update the site to provide current information on how everyone can provide support in the healing process.
Dr. Christopher T. Penny, P.E.
President of the Norfolk Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers
we will never forget the victims of the Virginia beach MUNICIPAL center shooting tragedy
Keith Cox was a Virginia Beach resident and an account clerk who worked 12½ years in the public utilities department of Virginia Beach. A true hero and savior of countless fellow coworkers during the shooting, putting all others safety ahead of his own, making the ultimate sacrifice.
Alexander Gusev was a Virginia Beach resident and a right-of-way agent who worked nine years for the city's public works department. He was a graduate from Old Dominion University with a degree in business administration. Alex was a highly-respected professional who treated property owners and the general public well, a model professional. He took his job seriously, but was light and positive.
Christopher Rapp was a Powhatan resident and an engineer who had worked 11 months in Virginia Beach's public works department. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Illinois, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University. Chris continued his education at Virginia Tech earning a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Chris had long tenure as the Director of Powhatan Dept. of Public Works. Later he worked as Director of Public Works for Stafford County and most recently, he held the title of Stormwater Management Regulatory Engineer for the City of Virginia Beach. He played the bagpipes as a member of the Tidewater Pipes & Drums and had a passion for the pipes and Scottish culture.
Herbert Snelling was a Virginia Beach resident and a contractor who was trying to fill a permit at the time of the shooting. At the start of his career, he was a Class A contractor establishing his own company, ""Standing Firm Builders Inc"". He was known for his custom cabinetry and master carpentry skills which propelled him into building houses in the Virginia Beach area. After closing his company, Bert continued to follow his passion for building where he found his home at Eagle Construction. He was a genuinely humble and self-sacrificing man with an infectious laugh, and helped others to find joy in all things.
Joshua Hardy lived in Virginia Beach and worked as an engineering technician for 4½ years in the city's public utilities department. He wasn't just a man who knew about water and sewer mains. He also was a self-made writer. In 2011 he published a children's book, "The ABC Book on Protecting Yourself from Strangers." In its introduction, the book bears a warning: "It is unfortunate that there is no exact way of identifying a stranger; they come in all races, shapes, sizes, ages, and can be a man or a woman. A stranger can even be someone you know very well and see almost every day."
Richard Nettleton, was a dedicated Virginia Beach Design and Construction Manager for Virginia Beach Public Utilities. Richard loved being an Engineer and loved his family. Richard served his country in the military and finished his 10 years of service as a Captain in the US Army’s 84th Engineering Battalion in Germany. He had a Masters in Engineering from UNH, an MBA from ODU, and was a member of the NSPE and the ASCE. He was a strong supporter of the Minority Business Expo and believed in professionalism, diversity and reaching out to all in the community. He looked forward to finishing his PhD so that he could teach others after retiring. Rich always strived to be the better person and include everyone. He was all about the city and the best possible outcome for the citizens and was exceptionally proud of the engineers and the staff with whom he worked with for 28 years for the City of Virginia Beach.
Katherine Nixon was a loving mother committed to her husband and children, and she worked as the Compliance Manager of the Public Utility Facility for the City of Virginia Beach. She attended Chico State College in California, graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering. She was widely respected in her field, and was a strong advocate for women pursuing careers in engineering. Kate was a person who always put others before herself. She was President of the Pembroke Meadows Civic League, a dedicated and enthusiastic member of St Gregory The Great Catholic Church, the announcer for the Pembroke Marlin swim team, and actively supported the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic organization that offers the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed.
Mary Louise Gayle was a 65-year-old Virginia Beach resident and a right-of-way agent who worked 24 years for the city's public works department. Mary Lou was a graduate of Cox High School Class of 1972, and coordinator of her class reunions. She earned her Bachelor's degree from St. Leo University and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Troy University while working for the City of Virginia Beach. She was a dedicated public servant who worked for the City of Virginia Beach for 24 years, starting as a legal secretary in the Law Department and ultimately advancing to become a highly successful Public Works Right of Way Agent. Mary Lou volunteered extensively in the community, and she was a doting Mother and Grammy.
Michelle Langer was a Virginia Beach resident was an administrative assistant who worked 12 years in the public utilities department. She grew up in, and attended High School in Lancing Michigan and moved to Virginia Beach 20 years ago to enjoy the beach.
Robert Williams was a Chesapeake resident was a special projects coordinator who worked 41 years in Virginia Beach's public utilities department. Williams was one of 20 employees there honored for 40 years of service. He was one of two in his department who’d been working for the city that long.
Tara Gallagher was a Virginia Beach resident and Professional Engineer who worked six years for the city's public works department. She had a BS and Master’s Degrees from Old Dominion University and was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. (ASCE).
Laquita Brown was a Chesapeake resident and a right-of-way agent who worked 4½ years for Virginia Beach's public works department.
we offer support our board member who was wounded in the Virginia beach MUNICIPAL center shooting tragedy
Please keep Kayode Aransiola and his family, an ASCE Norfolk Chapter Board member, in your thoughts and prayers as he recovers from serious injuries suffered during the tragic event. Kayode is a licensed professional engineer working for the city of Virginia Beach. He is actively involved in our educational outreach program inspiring young students to become the next generation of Civil Engineers.
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