Customers remember beloved pharmacist

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Beach Pharmacy reopened Wednesday morning, two days after beloved pharmacist David Kilgore was shot and killed during an attempted robbery.

A memorial of flowers and balloons at the front of the pharmacy remained even as customers came in and out of the store.

“He was family,” said customer Yvonne Hood. “I trusted him more than my doctors.”

There are not many people who have that sort of effect on others, but David Kilgore happened to be that type of person. Customers say he took a pharmacist’s job — making people feel better — to another level.

Pharmacist David Kilgore
Pharmacist David Kilgore

“David was just a wonderful person, and every time you came here, he wanted you to feel better,” added Rose Lavinder.

Kilgore opened David’s Beach Pharmacy several years ago. Customers say he and his son ran a throwback mom-and-pop business.

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“I didn’t want to believe it,” Hood said. “I was hoping he was going to be okay and then I find out later on that he was killed.”

The pharmacist was working Monday morning when police say 55-year-old Walter Hubbard came in and shot him during an attempted robbery. Several sources tell 10 On Your Side Hubbard was one of his long-time customers. WAVY.com was told the suspect was trying to get Oxycontin.

“It is just wrong,” Hood added. “It is just so wrong, so senseless. He didn’t have to shoot him. The North End is going to miss him a lot. He was loved.”

Throughout the evening, friends and customers stopped by the pharmacy to leave flowers, candles and other tributes at the front door. Others left messages on the store’s Facebook page, including Anne Pearce, who said Kilgore helped many in the community and supported her through cancer.

“It’s heartbreaking,” she wrote. “He’s always very compassionate with his patients, and for something like this to happen in this area, shocking, and to him especially.”

Girl Scout Kiley Smallegan said she used to sell cookies to Kilgore for her troop. On Tuesday, she stopped by the pharmacy to leave him a box of cookies and a note.

“I said, ‘We all love you and miss you. And we hope you love it up there.’ And that he was my favorite person to sell to,” Smallegan said.

Deborah Maier said she has returned to the pharmacy memorial several times and was near the building during the shooting Monday.

“I was about halfway past Farm Fresh on this sidewalk and I heard gunshots, and I immediately got down,” she said. “I was so scared to go beyond because the gunshots sounded close and just beyond. I can’t believe it’s happened. My heart just goes out to the family.”

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