This is so sad.
The news of television reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward who were shot and killed on camera yesterday by a disgruntled former station worker Vester Flanagan — also known by his on-air name Bryce Williams — shocked the nation.
Not only did the the attack take place during a live segment, but Flanagan filmed the shooting with a go-pro and uploaded it to his social media accounts for the world to see. Since the event, Flanagan was cornered by police, shot himself, and ended up dying at a hospital from the wound.
Andy Park, the father of Alison is absolutely heartbroken by yesterdays events saying:
“Barbara, Drew, and I are numb, devastated and I find my grief unbearable. Alison was our bright, shining light and it was cruelly extinguished by yet another crazy person with a gun… She excelled at everything she did and was loved by everyone she touched. She loved us dearly, and we talked to her every single day. Not hearing her voice again crushes my soul. Our family can only take solace in the fact that although her life was brief, she was so happy with it. She lived it to the fullest and her spirit will always be with us.”
He went on to express his disgust for the video that was filmed and uploaded by saying:
“It’s like showing those beheadings. I am not going to watch it. I can’t watch it. I can’t watch any news. All it would do is rip out my heart further than it already it is.”
We can’t even begin to imagine what Andy and his family are going through during this difficult time but our hearts are with them and we wish them the best.
[Image via WDBJ7.]