Three US Navy members were killed in an apparent double murder-suicide near where two were stationed in Virginia, according to officials.
Donavon Moora, 22, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Saturday night near where two female services members were fatally shot in a Portsmouth 7-Eleven parking lot, the Virginian-Pilot reported.
Moora and the two slain women — 19-year-old Shianne Soles and 23-year-old Meaghan Burns — were reportedly all active-duty Navy corpsmen. The relationship among the victims is unclear.
Soles and Burns were stationed at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth about a mile and a half from where they were killed. Moora — whose body was discovered in a vehicle — was based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, authorities said.
“Mental health professionals and chaplains are at each location to assist anyone dealing with the grief and difficult nature of this tragedy,” Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery spokesman Ed Gulick wrote in a release. “Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and shipmates during this difficult time.”
According to Burns’ obituary, she enlisted in the Navy in 2015 and was a “proud sailor and was planning to further her career in healthcare at the end of her enlistment.”
Soles was remembered Tuesday as a “bright light” who recently joined the Navy and excelled at cheer, track and school, news station KREM reported.
“Her smile was contagious and her laughter was infectious,” her family said in a statement. “She was a friend to everyone that met her and never turned down anyone that needed help, day or night. She touched the lives of many.”
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