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Family, friends remember local Virginia Beach shooting victim

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EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -

Dozens gathered in East Liverpool for the memorial services for a victim of the recent shooting in Virginia Beach. 

Michelle "Missy" Langer passed away on Friday, May 31, at the age of 60.

Langer was a member of the Beaver Local High School Class of 1977.

Langer left the area around 20 years ago and worked for the Virginia Beach Office of Public Utilities for the last 12 years.

Reverend Eric Edwards said that through it all the community has shown incredible support for the family. 

"It's been amazing to see the reaction of people who have just reached out to their family, who have called the church to express their condolences, who have, just wanting to know if there's anything they can do to help the family and the answer to that is always 'a lot of prayers and we'll let you know if we need anything else'," said Edwards. 

It's a fact Edwards says the family appreciates. 

"Knowing that they've been held up by everybody. And not just the community of East Liverpool, or even this county. But really nationally. Having people hold them up has really been a wonderful thing for them and has been able to see them through such a hard time," he expressed. 

He says the legacy left behind by Missy will be one of joy. 

 "I think they just want her to be remembered as who she was. Which was this full of life person who was always just kind of a kid at heart. She just loved to love people and was so open and kind and she was a real joy to be around," he said. 

He remarked during the services, "Missy never knew a stranger. She was always laughing and smiling and just loving life. She remained a kid at heart until the end."

Edwards expressed the doubt that many feel after a sudden tragedy, such as the shooting that killed Missy and eleven others. 

"Where was Jesus. Isn't that the question a lot of us have been asking over the last week? Where was Jesus in Virginia Beach on Friday, May 31st?" 

He continued saying, "In her fear, in her darkness, in her last breathe, he was with her. She was where she had always been in her life. In Jesus' arms." 

And offered faith for the family and friends who will remember Langer, "We will see Missy again. We will live with her. We will laugh with her again. And on that glorious day brothers and sisters we will rejoice."

Memorial tributes can take the form of contributions in the care of St. John Lutheran Church or the Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund (2515 Walmer Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia 23513).

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