Alexander Gusev, one of the victims killed during a mass shooting at Building 2 of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, Right-of-Way Agent who worked 9 years in the Virginia Beach Public Works Department and Office of Real Estate.
Right of way agents work for companies in infrastructure industries, ensuring legal compliance of all proposed projects by securing land rights, permits, and licenses. In the Office of Real Estate, Gusev received proposal submissions for the construction of residential buildings in Virginia Beach. Gusev lived in Virginia Beach.
Gusev, 35, graduated from Old Dominion University in 2016 with a civil engineering degree, the university said. He was an immigrant from Belarus who came to Virginia to find a better life, friends told The Virginian-Pilot.
“He was just so cool – great guy. Nothing should happen to great guys,” Konstantin Akarem told the newspaper.
Longtime friend Ivan Musin told The Virginian-Pilot that Gusev dreamed of getting married and having children. He emigrated from Belarus in 2003 and worked for a lumber company while attending Tidewater Community College and later Old Dominion. He said Gusev was always eager to help, sometimes without being asked, the newspaper reports. Musin said his lawn was growing a little long at one point and suddenly Gusev was there to mow it.
“That was incredible,” Musin told the newspaper. “He was a good friend.”
Gusev had several family members in the area, the newspaper reports. His twin brother also lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and daughter, and their mother splits time living at her sons’ homes.
An employee opened fire in Building 2 of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, and victims were found on all three floors, according to Virginia Beach Police Chief James A. Cervera. Eleven of them were city workers, like Langer. One man was killed while at the center to obtain a permit.
At a press conference a day after the shooting, city manager Dave Hansen said, “The lives of 12 people were cut short by a senseless, incomprehensible act of violence.” Hansen added, “Today, we all grieve. I have worked with most of them for many years. We want you to know who they were, so in the days and weeks to come, you will learn what they meant to all of us.”
Hansen continued, “They leave a void that we will never be able to fill.”
11 Other Victims Were Killed & Here are Their Names
All but one of the 12 victims were employees of the city of Virginia Beach.
Laquita C. Brown, Chesapeake
Mary Louise Gayle, Virginia Beach
Alexander Mikhail Gusev, Virginia Beach
Katherine A. Nixon, Virginia Beach
Richard H. Nettleton, Norfolk
Christopher Kelly Rapp, Powhatan
Ryan Keith Cox, Virginia Beach
Joshua A. Hardy, Virginia Beach
Michelle “Missy” Langer, Virginia Beach
Robert “Bobby” Williams, Chesapeake
Herbert “Bert” Snelling, Virginia Beach