News station WDBJ-TV honored the two reporters who were killed on camera while filming a live shot for the station’s morning show outside Roanoke, Virginia.
“I cannot tell you how much they were loved, Alison and Adam, by the WDBJ team,” said station General Manager Jeffrey Marks. “Our hearts are broken, and our sympathies go out to the entire staff here, but also the parents and families of Adam Ward and Alison Parker, who were just out doing their job today.”
Both had been romantically involved with other members of the WDBJ staff. Marks previously told CNN that Ward’s fiancée was in the control room when the shooting occurred.
“We’re all in a state of shock here. You can hear people behind us in the newsroom crying,” said Jean Jadhon. “It’s really hard to even comprehend. We cover these things all the time, but it’s really tough.”
Alleged shooter Vester Flanagan — known on camera as Bryce Williams — was a reporter for the station who was fired in February 2013. He had previously filed a complaint claiming Parker made discriminatory remarks toward him. Flanagan is believed to have shot himself during a chase with the police following the shooting, and remains in critical condition.
Watch the video below.