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Two Dayton Victims Have Connections To Virginia Beach Area

By New Journal and Guide Staff

Two women with connections to Virginia Beach were among the 10 people killed during the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. Fourteen others were wounded.

Monica Brickhouse, 39, and Beatrice Nicole Warren Curtis, 36, were among the victims killed in about 30 seconds of rapid gunfire in the early morning hours of August 4 before police arrived on the scene outside an entertainment spot, killing the gunman.

Brickhouse worked for the Anthem insurance company at the company’s site in Virginia Beach before she moved back to her native, Springfield Ohio, to work for the company there.

Curtis, a resident of Virginia Beach, was in Dayton, Ohio visiting her friend Brickhouse, when both were killed during the murderous rampage August in the Oregon Business District.

Tonya Amos, a friend of both women who lived in Dayton, said, “They were very close.”

“They were just overall good people and they would do anything for anybody.”

Amos, who mentored both victims, called Brickhouse and Warren-Curtis “compassionate, honest and hard working.”

“I looked at them as like they were my daughters,” she said. “They had aspirations to do different things in life, professionally and personally. They didn’t deserve this,” Amos said.

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Brickhouse had moved back to the Ohio area recently with her young son, Amos said.

Curtis a Delaware native, went by her middle name, Nicole, according to her Facebook page. Ricky Brown, of Wilmington, said Warren-Curtis was one of his best friends.

They first met each other in sixth grade as students at Cab Calloway School of the Arts, he said.

“They went out to have a ladies night out, then the tragedy struck,” said Brickhouse’s husband Terry Brickhouse.

Damian Seaton worked with Monica at Bank of America before it was closed down and relocated. Seaton called Monica Brickhouse an excellent supervisor.

“She was just a very positive person,” Seaton said. “You always knew when you sat with her that you had an easy-going spirit, someone who was going to help you and advise you in the right ways.”

Story compiled from various news sources.

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