Family of service member killed remembers her as a ‘bright light’

Family of service member killed remembers her as a ‘bright light’
Photo from the Soles family

Shianne Soles, a Central Valley High School graduate and active service member, was shot and killed in an apparent murder-suicide Saturday near Portsmouth, Virginia. She was just 19 years old.

Soles was one of three service members killed in the shooting. The other victim was identified by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service as 23-year-old Meaghan Burns. Police believe 22-year-old Donavon Moora killed the two women, then shot himself.

Soles and Burns were stationed at Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth. Moora was stationed at Camp LeJeune in North Carolina.

Soles’ family remembers her as “a friend to everyone that met her and never turned down anyone that needed help, day or night,” saying she “touched the lives of many.” Her childhood friend Devin Rusk told KXLY she was a “ray of sunshine.”

“She brought joy to everybody’s life that she was apart of. Just never a sad moment with her around,” Rusk said. “She always from a young age, always had that mentality of, wanting to be apart of something bigger than she was. Which, I believe is why she joined the Navy.”

As the Soles family continues to grieve, they passed along a statement to KXLY:

“Shianne Taylor Soles was a bright light that would flood the room wherever she went. Her smile was contagious and her laughter was infectious. 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. She had a passion to be a part of something bigger. Something where she could help make the world a better place. This led her to pursue a career in the Navy as a Corpsman, beginning her career at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth VA. Her desire to excel in everything she did led her to many different adventures. From dance to cheer, track and work, school and Navy, she excelled in all that she did. She was driven, focused, and brave until her light faded too soon. There are no words that can describe the pain we feel or the pain that we see within our support group around us. The words we have received have stretched far and wide and we cannot thank everyone enough. Thank you for respecting our need for privacy during this time of mourning.”

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