Alexander Mikhail Gusev
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Alexander Mikhail Gusev, 35, died on May 31, 2019, as one of the victims of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center shootings. He was born in Mogilev, Belarus. He came to the United States on May 31, 2003, 16 years to the day earlier. Looking for the American dream, he was only 21 years old then. Alex came without much money but he worked really hard and was able to graduate from ODU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Business Management without a student loan. He started working for the city of Virginia Beach as an intern, and by the end of his internship he was offered a full time position. Alex was a Right of Way agent for the Virginia Beach Public Works department, allowing him the opportunity to bring his mother from Belarus to join him in America. He was very active in his spare time playing volleyball, soccer for many years and never missed a game or a practice. He loved the ocean and surfing. Alex was an easy-going person with a great scene of humor. In his time here, he made many faithful friends and touched the lives of many others.Left to cherish his memory are his parents, Mikhail and Alena, his twin brother Aliaksei with his wife Olga and their daughter Arina.A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to Alexander's gofundme account at You may offer condolences at

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Published in The Virginian-Pilot on Jun. 6, 2019.
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Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home
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June 17, 2019
I worked with Alex at Public Works. He was a very nice man. I hope you're flying with the angels. Gone too soon.
Jenifer Cornell
June 14, 2019
My condolences to you and your loving family, on the loss of your dear beloved one.May you find comfort in your wealth of fond memories together. May the hope that God's word gives us for those we lost in death be comforting, faith building and encouraging to you. Colossians 1:11. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
June 14, 2019
Praying that the constant love of caring friends soften your sadness. Hoping that your cherished memories bring you a smile to your face. Knowing that our Heavenly Father who is the God of comfort, is going to grant you lasting peace.
June 14, 2019
Sending prayers and condolences to you in this difficult time.May you find comfort in your wealth of fond memories together. May the hope that God's word gives us for those we lost in death be comforting, faith building and encouraging to you. Job 33:24,25
June 11, 2019
Konstantin Akhrem
June 11, 2019
Rest in peace, Alex.

I will miss our conversations and your incredibly intelligent questions and thinking.

In God's world, all of us, those who departed and those who are still here, are spirits. Your life has left a permanent and beautiful imprint on our lives. Your life continues through the unextinquishable flame you have lit in our hearts with your amazing spirit, positive example, and the countless honorable deeds. You lived life to the fullest, you were generous and kind, you achieved, you created, you inspired... You truly reflected the best... RESPECT!

Your legacy lives and continues.

Your memory is cherished and loved.

Your kind soul is blessed in eternity.

Rest in peace.
Konstantin Akhrem
June 9, 2019
Alex was a very good property manager he went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable. I wish we could be there but circumstances won't allow it. To the family we send our prayers and our thoughts. The Lord created a awesome man and someone who thought of others. Rest in peace and goodbye is never forever we will see you again

Tiffany Mitchell & Abdul Lateef
Tiffany Mitchell
June 8, 2019
Losing someone that we love never comes easy. It is truly heartbreaking. May God's promises in
Isaiah 65:17 comfort and help you.
A Loving Neighbor
June 8, 2019
June 8, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the Gusev family. I had a chance meeting with Alex in front of building 2 at the municipal center, two days before the tragic event unfolded. While taking photos of my mom alongside the historic old building, Alex approached us and cheerfully offered to take our picture together. In that brief encounter, we were immediately captivated by his exuberance, sense of humor, and goodwill. His compassion and kindness towards others(especially strangers like mom and I) is his gift and light to the world that will be passed on from all those whose lives he has touched. Thank you again Alex, and may you Rest In Peace.
Rene T
June 8, 2019
Elizabeth P
June 7, 2019
To the family, I heard the tragic news and along with all of you my heart is just torn to pieces. I want to express how deeply sorry I am of your unexpected loss. I worked in the law dept and I had the pleasure of working with Alex until I moved. I would stop by and visit everyone in the Public Works dept. when I came to VA. He will be greatly missed by all of us who knew him. I loss my daughter in an unexpected way and I know how difficult it was for me. May the memories you had with him give all of you comfort as it did for me. You are in my thoughts and prayers every day.
Eilene Johnson
June 7, 2019
To the Family: Life is like a mist. Its here today and gone tomorrow. But memories left behind of the good times are something you can continue to cherish. So continue to stay close and give comfort to one another, along with heartfelt prayers, and loving support from friends to give you enough room in your hearts to cope with your loss. (Psalms 119:32)
June 7, 2019
I am so sorry for the tragic loss of your loved one. My heart goes out to you and I pray for strength and healing.
C Alexander
June 6, 2019
Sending love and prayers to the family and friends of this young man. Eternally in your hearts ♥
Faye Holt
June 6, 2019
My prayers and sincere condolences are with Alexs family, friends, co-worker in this very difficult time. I am sure he was a very special young man. Such a senseless tragedy.
Faye Holt
June 6, 2019
I had a class with Alex many years ago. I don't remember everyone that I have had a class with over the years but there was something extra special about Alex. I've often thought about him. He sat next to me the first day and introduced himself, his quiet smile was infectious. He was focused, he had goals. He made me laugh, he was kind and someone anyone would enjoy being around.
Alex, although I knew you briefly, for only a semester, you definitely made a positive impression on my life. Rest In Peace. My deepest condolences to his family.
Dana Winkel
June 6, 2019
So very sorry for your loss...
June 6, 2019
We are so sorry for the loss of your son, brother, and friend. We pray peace and sweet memories for you all.
John & Anita Monroe
Virginia Beach, VA
John & Anita Monroe
June 6, 2019
You were always so kind with such a warm smile. God bless you and your family.
Beverly G
June 6, 2019
My sympathies to the family at this time of deep sorrow. Death of a loved one brings great sadness but our Heavenly Father promises us that he will bring us comfort - Isaiah 51:12. I hope that this passage and your memories will bring you a measure of peace and calm.
June 6, 2019
Rest in Peace Alexander.
June 6, 2019
I did not know Alex, but my heart is broken for his family. May the thoughts and love of neighbors all across the country help ease this sad journey.
Barbara J
June 6, 2019
Patti Simone
June 6, 2019
May God enter into your hearts and minds with only the peace and comfort He can give. Lean on Him for seeing you through each and every day ahead.
My heartfelt sympathy to your family.
Kathy Baumgardner
June 6, 2019
I will miss you so much Alex. We became family in Real Estate and you were more than a coworker, you were a lil brother to me. RIH my sweet boy. Love your big Sis Kristal ❤
Kristal Johnson
June 6, 2019
Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.
Susan D
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