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Virginia Beach to Open Counseling Center After Mass Shooting

The community center will provide free mental health counseling and other services to people impacted by a mass shooting earlier this year

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    File photo: A memorial honoring the victims of the June 1 Virginia Beach shooting stands near the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on June 5, 2019 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Eleven city employees and one private contractor were shot to death Friday in the Municipal Center Operations building by engineer DeWayne Craddock, who had worked for the city for 15 years. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

    Virginia Beach will be opening a community center in October to provide free mental health counseling and other services to people impacted by a mass shooting earlier this year.

    The Virginian-Pilot reports the "VB Strong Center" is being funded through a federal grant. 

    Erin Sutton is director of the city's Office of Emergency Management. She says many city workers are still on edge after the May 31 shooting. A city employee fatally shot 12 people inside a municipal building before being shot and killed by police.

    Other services the center will offer include support groups, meditation and yoga classes.

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