‘A very caring person’: Neighbors remember Powhatan man killed in Va. Beach shooting

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POWHATAN COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Neighbors are opening up about Christopher Rapp, the Powhatan man who was one of 12 killed in the Virginia Beach mass shooting Friday.

Rapp was a part of the neighborhood association in Powhatan and neighbors told 8News they felt more comfortable knowing he was working to take care of the community. 

“It was very, very hard, very hard to hear that it was Chris,” said Ann Hatcher. “Life will never be the same.”

Anne and Gene Hatcher say Rapp was a kind, genuine neighbor that always smiled and waved as he went by and would never hesitate to stop and have a conversation, especially after Gene suffered a brain hemorrhage. 

“He was a very caring person,” Gene Hatcher said. 

Rapp was often seen walking around in the neighborhood with his wife Bessie. The Hatchers say both always wore smiles. 

“Chris and Bessie would take the time to wave or come up on the porch and ask Gene how he was doing,” Anne Hatcher said.

Gene Hatcher echoed his wife’s sentiments.

“For sure, it meant a lot,” he said. “No doubt. It’s hard for people many times to reach out, but he didn’t have any problem with that.”

The Hatchers hope they can honor Chris’ memory by doing the same.

“Just a hi, a hello, stop and have a seat on the porch, get to know one another just enough to say I care,” Ann Hatcher said. “Chris was willing to and this is how he needs to be remembered.”

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