Statement on Virginia Beach Shooting

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Stacey A. Ober
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Monday, June 3, 2019

While meeting in Alexandria, Va., the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Board of Directors was shocked and saddened to follow the news of the horrific shooting incident to our south in Virginia Beach. The loss of life is heartbreaking, and NSPE extends its condolences and sympathy to the Virginia Beach community, our nation, and our professional family.

NSPE is devastated to confirm that Rich Nettleton, P.E., a longtime member and past president of the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers, was among the 12 individuals who lost their lives in this tragic incident. More about Rich’s life and legacy can be found in a press release issued by VSPE mourning and remembering him as a member, mentor, and friend.

It pains us greatly to confirm the shooter was also a member of NSPE.

“Every one of these senseless deaths wounds us all,” said NSPE President Michael Aitken, P.E., F.NSPE. “I know you join me in grieving over this great tragedy and the lives lost.”

NSPE will release any pertinent additional information as it becomes available.

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