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College Beach Weekend took a turn for the worse on Saturday. A weekend held annually for students to let loose before finals and graduation turned into chaos as three shootings, three stabbings and three robberies occurred within four hours.

Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms made a statement via Facebook:

For all those who have been posting on Facebook, or inquiring about my thoughts pertaining to the weekend, I appreciate the concern and the questions.

The events that transpired Saturday evening into early Sunday morning at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront should in no way, shape or form be compared to Greekfest 1989. The disruption at the Oceanfront was just that — a disruption. The police were fully engaged and did an admirable job of not allowing the situation to escalate. I am proud that our law enforcement officers readily maintained the safety of the public, and I want to assure the citizens of this fine city that all is safe and sound.

I also want people to know that our police officers, as well as City officials, including myself, were keeping an eye on the situation at the Oceanfront. I myself spent some time down there late Friday night into Saturday morning.

Again, thank you for your questions, thoughts and concerns.

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