Live and on TV…Someone opened fire on a TV News team doing an interview in southern Virginia near Smith Mountain Lake.
WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker was shot to death early Wednesday while running away from a gunman after he shot her cameraman, Adam Ward. Station Manager Jeffrey A. Marks told CNN that Ward’s fiancée, a fellow producer at the station, watched him die on air. “It was her last day. She was moving on to a station in Charlotte,” Marks said, adding that they were planning to hold a celebration in her honor. Ward was reportedly planning to follow her soon.
People from around the globe said they were praying for Parker, Ward, and their families on her Facebook page. In a short bio posted on the page, Parker revealed that she grew up in Martinsville, Virginia, and had interned at WDBJ7 before landing a job there. Ward was a graduate of Virginia Tech. Facebook photos show him proposing to fiancée Melissa Ott.
Parker’s fiancé, a fellow reporter at the station, tweeted a moving tribute to her Wednesday morning. “She was the most radiant woman I ever met. And for some reason she loved me back. She loved her family, her parents and her brother,” Chris Hurst wrote. “We were together almost nine months. It was the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married. We just celebrated her 24th birthday.”