Chesterfield group hold vigil for Powhatan man killed in Va. Beach mass shooting

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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — Friends and loved ones continue to mourn the loss of a Powhatan man, Christopher Rapp, killed in the Virginia Beach mass shooting on Friday. On Monday, an organization Rapp was a member of held a prayer vigil to honor him. 

Rapp and his wife, Bessie, were part of an organization called Kultura Pilipino. The organization came together to pray for Rapp and his family after the tragedy. 

Kultura Pilipino members held their rosaries tighter on Monday as they prayed and thought about their dear friend. Rapp was one of the 12 victims killed at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on May 31. “Chris is a very faithful man, he’s kind, he was kind, he was generous,” said Aly Ylarde, a member of the Kultura Pilipino group, “especially to the group.”

Ylarde is the chairman of Kultura Pilipino and has known Rapp for years. 

“He devoted his time to us. Last month before going to Virginia Beach, he said ‘Aly I’m practicing my bagpipe for caroling because I want to join the caroling,'” Ylarde told 8News. 

Rapp’s passion for music and culture was clear. He was the band manager of Tidewater Pipes and Drums in Hampton Roads. ​​​​​​​Members say Rapp’s friendly and quiet demeanor will be missed. They said they are keeping all the victims, not just Rapp, in their thoughts and prayers. 

“It’s a very sad situation that this country has to go through. It seems like week after week, month after month, hopefully, one day we’ll find something so people can think first before they react,” Ylarde said. 

Over the weekend, Kultura Pilipino went to Virginia Beach to be with Bessie. They told 8News she is having a tough time dealing with the sudden, tragic loss of her husband. 

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