The 12 people killed after a man opened fire at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center in Virginia on Friday included decades-long employees of the city, officials said. Their identities were released by City Manager Dave Hansen at a news conference on Saturday, NBC News reports.
Robert "Bobby" Williams, from Chesapeake, was the longest-serving employee among the victims, having worked as a special projects coordinator for 41 years. Christopher Kelly Rapp, an engineer from Powhatan, worked for public works for only 11 months, while Mary Louise Gayle, from Virginia Beach, served as a right-of-way agent for 24 years.
Laquita C. Brown, from the nearby city of Chesapeake, had been a right of way agent in the city's public works department for four and a half years. Other public works employees included Tara Welch Gallagher, from Virginia Beach, who served as an engineer for six years. Alexander Mikhail Gusev, also from Virginia Beach, worked as a right-of-way agent for nine years.
Katherine A. Nixon, from Virginia Beach, had been an engineer within the public utilities department for a decade. Richard H. Nettleton, from Norfolk, was also an engineer in the department for 28 years.
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Other Virginia Beach residents killed in the public utilities office included Ryan Keith Cox, an account clerk for over 12 years; Joshua O. Hardy, an engineering technician for over four years; and Michelle "Missy" Langer, who worked as an administrative assistant for 12 years. Herbert "Bert" Snelling, a contractor from Virginia Beach who was at the municipal building for a permit, was the only one among the 12 killed who was not an employee of the city.