House holds moment of silence for Virginia Beach shooting victims

House holds moment of silence for Virginia Beach shooting victims
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Members of the House held a moment of silence on Tuesday in honor of the 12 individuals who were killed during a shooting at the Virginia Beach municipal building on Friday.

Rep. Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaLawmakers warn Pentagon against reduction of US forces in Africa Tenth Congressional Black Caucus member backs Biden 2 Democrats say they voted against war powers resolution 'because it merely restated existing law' MORE (D-Va.), who represents the district where the shooting took place, invoked the moment of silence, calling on lawmakers to work to prevent future instances of violence.

“I rise today to remember and honor the 12 wonderful people whose lives ended far too soon in Friday's mass shooting in Virginia Beach,” she said on the floor.

“Our city, our commonwealth and our nation grieve. Now is the time for healing, coming together and determining ways to prevent this kind of tragedy from ever happening again. I ask my House colleagues to please join me in a moment of silence for those who lost their lives.”

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The room then briefly fell silent in memory of the victims.

Virginia Beach officials identified the victims on Saturday morning as Laquita Brown, Tara Welch Gallagher, Mary Louise Gayle, Alexander Mikhail Gusev, Katherine Nixon, Richard Nettleton, Christopher Kelly Rapp, Ryan Keith Cox, Joshua Hardy, Michelle “Missy” Langer, Robert “Bobby” Williams and Herbert “Bert” Snelling.