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Hampton to be illuminated in blue this week to honor Va. Beach shooting victims

Virginia Beach Mass Shooting

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Buildings in the city of Hampton will be illuminated with blue lighting this week in honor of the victims of last Friday’s mass shooting in Virginia Beach.

Twelve people were killed in the shooting on Friday, May 31, at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center Complex. Among those killed were 11 city employees with more than 150 years of combined service to the city.

Hampton announced the blue lights on its official Twitter account Monday. The tweets includes images showing downtown buildings including the Hampton Coliseum and the Virginia Air and Space Center lit up in blue.

“We’ve gone blue to send love and light to Virginia Beach. We’re here for you in Hampton,” the city said in a tweet.

Blue lights were also spotted late Monday night at Harbor Park, the home of the Norfolk Tides.

The Office of Gov. Ralph Northam said in a tweet the Executive Mansion was shining blue Monday “to honor the lives and memories of those we tragically lost in Virginia Beach on Friday.”

The mass shooting in Virginia Beach has led to an outpouring of support across the region and the Commonwealth. Many people — including students and teachers and Virginia Beach native Pharrell Williamswore blue on Monday to remember the victims.

Organizations and businesses have also established funds in the wake of the shooting to benefit families of the victims. Learn more about you can help the victims at this link.

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