Note says Virginia Beach shooter’s family sends condolences

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A handwritten note at the home of the Virginia Beach shootings suspect, who died in a shootout with police, expresses condolences to the shooting victims on behalf of the suspect’s family.

The Washington Post reports the note was taped Saturday to the front door of the two-story house on the wooded road where DeWayne Craddock lived about an hour from the city.

It says: “The family of DeWayne Craddock wishes to send our heart felt condolences to the victims. We are grieving the loss of our loved one.” It says Craddock’s family wants to focus on the victims of the shootings and offers thoughts and prayers for the relatives of the dead and wounded.

Eleven city employees and one contractor were killed in the Friday afternoon shooting at a municipal building.

The grieving community came together to pray, following the mass shooting that killed 12 people.

The prayer service Saturday evening included a slow and solemn reading of each victim’s name and a moment of silence.

About 100 people attended the service at Bridge Church in Virginia Beach. Lead pastor Archie Callahan urged members of the crowd to lean on each other and help the victims and their families.

He said: “When part of our city hurts, we all hurt.”

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax attended the service and said the victims were “wonderful people who didn’t deserve what happened to them.”

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