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Bishop Knestout’s Statement on the Fatal Shootings in Chesapeake

For Immediate Release: November 23, 2022

(RICHMOND) – Bishop Knestout issued the following statement after multiple deaths following a shooting at a Walmart in the city of Chesapeake.

“As families and friends prepare to gather around the table for Thanksgiving, a time where we celebrate what we are most grateful for in our lives, our diocese awakens to the somber and agonizing news of more souls lost because of a senseless act of violence.

“This is the second time within two weeks we grieve for multiple lives tragically taken far too early by violence. I once again ask our faith community to hold in prayer all who are directly affected by these actions. I continue to pray for those who are hurting today and in the weeks and months to come, as a result of these acts.

“I ask all to continue to pray for our first responders who were called upon to handle yet another heartbreaking scene.”