Virginia Television News Reporter and Cameraman Killed

 

untitled WDBJ-TV’s Alison Parker and Adam Ward killed Wednesday morning by former employee, Vester Flanagan who used the on-air name, Bryce Williams.  Flowers and balloons are being dropped off at WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Virginia in memory of Parker and Warduntitled

Photos courtesy: WDBJ-TV, WBTV, Twitter

Updated Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

WDBJ-TV (CBS ) television news reporter, Alison Parker, 24, and Cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were shot and killed during a live report about tourism around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday by a disgruntled former employee. The shooting happened at the Bridgewater Plaza on Smith Mountain Lake, an outdoor shopping center in Virginia.

Both Parker and Ward are from the Roanoke, Virginia television station’s viewing area. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the attack on the news crew. The person they were interviewing, Vicki Gardner of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, also was injured. Gardner is recovering from non-life threatening injuries, WDBJ.com reports.

untitledLaw enforcement searched for  Vester L. Flanagan, a former reporter at WDBJ-TV who worked under the on-air name, Bryce Williams. WDBJ7 terminated Flanagan in 2013.  Virginia State Police tweeted license tag readers led them to him and the rented car he was driving.  The Franklin County Sheriff and authorities say Flanagan had shot himself when they found him.  He died at the hospital.

Two hours after the attack, a man claiming to be “Bryce Williams” and legally named Vester Flanagan II faxed a 23-page manifesto and suicide note to ABC News. In the document, a deeply angry, troubled Flanagan detailed his grievances, including being a victim of racial discrimination and bullying. Flanagan wrote he had bought gun and the Charleston church mass shootings triggered the carnage.

“I had been a human powder keg for a while…just waiting to go boom!!” Flanagan wrote in the manifesto to ABC News.

Flanagan’s family also released a statement. “Words cannot express the hurt that we feel for the victims. Our thoughts and prayers at this time are with the victims’ families and the WBDJ7 News family.”

During a difficult day, WDBJ7’s news staff continued to cover the story online and on Twitter. They also remembered their slain colleagues  in interviews.  A memorial also is growing outside the station. New staffs across the country also are expressing their condolences and support for the victims’ families and WDBJ7.

WDBJ7’s television newscasts resumed Thursday morning.

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WDBJ7, we are saddened by your loss. May you be comforted by knowing that others care and God’s love for you. Our thoughts and prayers for you — Carol Lim

 

 

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