Ryan Keith Cox was a hero of the Virginia Beach mass shooting, said survivors who credit their lives to him.
Cox, an account clerk at Virginia Beach Public Utilities, saved the lives of seven women who were also in building 2 of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center Friday when a suspect began “firing indiscriminately” at people on all three levels of the building. The heroism brings to mind that of Kendrick Castillo, Riley Howell, and others who gave their lives protecting others in recent mass shooting tragedies.
Bobbie Stockton of Norfolk, VA told Heavy her sister would not be alive if not for Cox. He took her and six others to safety, and told them to barricade themselves and keep quiet. Then, against their protests, he went back toward gunfire to help more people.
He was known as “the golden voice” at New Hope Baptist Church, where his father also preached, according to The Washington Post.
Cox’s father, Dr. E. Ray Cox Sr., is the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Virginia Beach.
John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”