NORFOLK Va. (WAVY) — The Previous Dominion College Alumni Affiliation introduced its plans to construct a memorial to honor the lives that have been misplaced within the Municipal Heart capturing in Virginia Seashore.
The tragedy is particularly painful for the ODU Monarchs. As WAVY has previously reported, 5 of the victims had connections to the college. They embrace Tara Welch Gallagher, Richard H. Nettleton, Christopher Kelly Rapp, Ryan Keith Cox and Alexander Gusev.
“It’s been extraordinarily stunning, one thing so devastating in our group. Like everybody has stated, you simply by no means assume it would come this near residence,” stated Pleasure Jefferson, ODU’s Affiliate Vice President for Alumni Relations.
After phrase received out concerning the capturing, many alumni wished to do their half to honor their former classmates. They determined to construct a everlasting memorial to make sure that their reminiscence will reside on within the coming years.
“Our alumni had an outpouring of concern and love for all of the victims, however particularly since we had 5 victims who have been as soon as college students right here,” stated Jefferson. “They wished to see one thing everlasting on campus that can be in honor of the victims.”
Though they’re nonetheless to start with levels of planning, they intend to plant a tree with a bench and plaque engraved with the victims’ names. Jefferson hopes that it will likely be a spot the place individuals can sit and bear in mind these 12 valuable lives taken too quickly.
“It’ll be a pleasant setting on campus the place individuals can come and form of mirror. A spot the place the victims will all the time be remembered,” Jefferson stated.
They’re hopeful the memorial will assist the group begin to heal and course of their loss.
“We’re nonetheless in shock that one thing so tragic might occur right here in Virginia Seashore, however ODU is a household and we really feel as if it’s solely becoming for us to honor those that are a part of our household,” Jefferson stated.
Though the situation continues to be being decided, they’re leaning in direction of ODU’s Kauffman Mall, or probably outdoors of the engineering constructing. They plan to unveil the memorial throughout homecoming week in late October.