Christopher Rapp

Christopher Rapp

A former Stafford County public works director was one of the 12 victims killed in a mass shooting in Virginia Beach on Friday.

Christopher Rapp served as director in Stafford from 2015 to 2017, according to county officials.

“On behalf of the board of supervisors, I express our utmost condolences to Chris’ family, friends and coworkers. He was a kind man who treated everyone with dignity and respect,” said Chairman Gary Snellings, Hartwood District. “Our hearts go out to Virginia Beach at this time of unimaginable tragedy and we will support them as they move towards healing and peace.”

Stafford County will be providing onsite counseling to employees on Monday, June 3.

The county is planning a memorial service for Rapp and the other victims on Wednesday, June 5, at 10 a.m. at the Stafford Armed Services Memorial, located to the west of the George L. Gordon Jr. Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22405.

Rapp was a Virginia Beach native, reports The Richmond Times-Dispatch. 

The gunman, identified as 40-year-old DeWayne Craddock of Virginia Beach, was a certified engineer with the public utilities department.

Craddock died in a "prolonged gun battle" with police after killing 12 and wounding at least 10 in Building 2 at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center.

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