ROANOKE, VA – The murder plot that unfolded on a live newscast in Roanoke, Virginia Wednesday morning shook newsrooms across the nation and shattered hearts.
One day later, 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old photographer Adam Ward’s loved ones are speaking out.
“She would be texting me right now saying ‘Dad, what’d you think of my story, what’d you think of it?’ And I’m never going to hear that again,” said Andy Parker, Alison’s father.
Alison and her boyfriend, also a journalist at WDBJ-TV were planning to get married.
“I need the entire world to know that a woman as amazing as her exits and was taken too soon, and our love is forever,” said Chris Hurst.
Photographer Adam Ward was also engaged. His fiancee, a morning show producer, was in the control room and saw him gunned down. Reportedly, her wedding dress was delivered the same day of the shooting.
“What’s especially tragic, is not only was he robbed of his life, the world was robbed of the future goals that he would have achieved,” said family friend, Alan Seibert.
Vicki Gardner, the woman who was shot while being interviewed, is recovering in good condition. Her husband says he was watching the interview on TV when she was shot in the back.
“There’s no making sense of it,” Vicki’s husband, Tim Gardner said. “Obviously, a very disturbed individual wanted to take out his former coworkers. It’s just a senseless deed, and my wife happened to be here at the wrong time.”
A former coworker, Vester Flanagan, is the accused gunman. He shot and killed himself during a police chase.