But let’s take a moment to focus on the innocent victims of this horrific event: the highly talented individuals that were news reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward.
Parker, 24, was an energetic and vibrant person who was known to report on issues in a timely and enthusiastic manner. When her and Ward, 27, collaborated they were an energetic pair.
Together, they had just completed a story about sleep patterns and their final story was about foster children being abused in care homes. The way she concluded her report, focusing on a child named Hope, is a testament to her good nature. She said:
When I first met Hope, I immediately thought that this 13-year-old girl is wise beyond her years. In some cases, that’s a compliment… In her case, she lost her childhood.
Here’s a video she posted whilst working on a story about a charity mini golf tournament:
As well as having a keen sense of social justice, Parker also had a fun side. Here’s a video she uploaded showing her playing with a pig in the WDBJ office:
Another person whose life was turned upside down by yesterday’s tragedy was Chris Hurst, Alison’s boyfriend. They had just moved in together, I can’t imagine what he’s going through right now.
Adam Ward had been a camera man for WDBJ7 for 4 years. He was engaged to WDBJ producer Melissa Ott. Newsweek reporter Polly Mosendz posted the following statement from a friend of Ward to Twitter…
— Polly Monster (@polly) August 26, 2015
The lives of Parker and Ward have been cut short, but their stories will live on forever.