On Wednesday morning, two television journalists were shot and killed by a disgruntled former employee of the TV station.
Alison Parker, a 24-year-old reporter, and Adam Ward, a 27-year-old cameraman, were conducting a live interview for WDBJ7 when they were fatally shot by 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan in Moneto, Virgina at the Bridgewater Plaza Shopping Center.
After the tragic shooting, the TV station delivered a heartfelt tribute to the respected journalists.
The pair was described as bright and full of life. One of their colleagues, Leo Hirsbrunner, said, "We get here really early in the morning ... and when we get in, they just make the newsroom come alive."
“I cannot tell you how much they were loved," WDBJ General Manager Jeff Marks said of the reporters.
Both were engaged to be married to other people at the station. Anchor Chris Hurst opened about his feelings of loss and heartbreak on Twitter in the aftermath of the shooting.
She was the most radiant woman I ever met. And for some reason she loved me back. She loved her family, her parents and her brother.— Chris Hurst (@chrishurstwdbj) August 26, 2015