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By candlelight in Virginia, we pay tribute to the six Walmart employees who died in the shooting.Virginia

Hundreds of people gathered Monday to pay tribute to the six people killed in the Walmart shooting in Virginia’s second-largest city.

The Chesapeake candlelight memorial service honors the diverse group of three-shift workers, 16 to 70 years oldwas unloading trucks, dismantling cardboard boxes, and storing shelves in this sprawling yet close-knit community near the coast.

An employee was killed Tuesday night by a store supervisor who died from a gunshot wound that appeared to be self-inflicted, police said.

Police said the suspect was harassed and left a note claiming he was pushed to the brink by the perception that his cell phone had been hacked. The handgun used was legally purchased He had no criminal record that morning.

“I am not the only one to conclude that mental and behavioral health is at stake in the United States and Virginia,” Governor Glenn Youngkin said at a city park. , schools and workplaces.”

The Republican governor said he would work across party lines “to chart a course forward.”

Many of the remembrances focused on those who died and efforts to heal the city of about 250,000 people. As the sun set and the crescent moon hung low in the sky, many wrote messages on his six white crosses.

Among them was Doris Manuel, who lost his 38-year-old nephew Brian Pendleton.

Glenn Youngkin speaks all night long. Photo: Carolyn Custer/AP

“We know it’s not just us when something like this happens. It’s an entire city, an entire region,” she said.

Tammy Hawkins came to replace her son Christian, who was too shaken by the death of his high school friend Fernando Chavez Baron.

“He loved Fernando like a brother,” Hawkins said.

Chesapeake City Councilman Don J. Carey III shared details of each victim.

Chavez-Barron started working in a store to help ease the financial burden on her parents. His dad said Chavez Baron is his best friend.

For 11 years, he worked on time and didn’t want to miss a shift, even though he didn’t have a car or a driver’s license.

Lorenzo Gamble, 43, was a quiet, reserved man who loved spending time with his two sons.

Tyneka Johnson, 22, has a smile that brightens up any room. Her mother, she said, felt like she had lost her best friend.

Kelly Pyle, 52, spreads positivity wherever she goes, donating her last dollar to help meet the needs of her friends and family.

70-year-old Randy Blevins was a kind and gentle man who loved Thanksgiving. Because he was able to take time off and spend time with his family.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was injured that night,” Carey said. “And for those across our community who have been traumatized, we meet you. We love you. We are here for you.”

Earlier Monday, the city council held a short special session to approve a resolution that would help free up funding for the response to the shootings.

of walmartstill closed, but located along a suburban strip of Box Stores about a half-hour drive from the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. It functioned as a de facto community center facilitating the chat of

“You can run into doctors, teachers, principals,” Virginia Rep. Cliff Hayes told the Associated Press. “This was a centralized place that changed forever.”

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/nov/28/virginia-walmart-shooting-candlelight-vigil By candlelight in Virginia, we pay tribute to the six Walmart employees who died in the shooting.Virginia

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