Parker, the television news reporter slain this morning along
with her cameraman, was dating another reporter at WDBJ-TV in
Roanoke, Virginia, Chris Hurst.
Bridgewater Plaza in Virginia, were remembered this morning by
their co-workers at WDBJ, a CBS affiliate serving the Roanoke-
Lynchburg television market.
"They did great work every day and put their all into what they
did," WDBJ anchor Kimberly McBroom said on air in the wake of
Ward graduated from Virginia Tech and kept up with his alma
mater's football team, the station said. His Twitter page is a
mixture of sports and humorous tweets.
Virginia Tech released a statement today extending its “deepest
sympathies” to the two families. The statement also featured a
remembrance from one of Ward’s professors, Robert Denton of the
“Adam was a delightful person. He worked hard – you could tell
he loved what he was doing,” he said. “He wasn’t afraid to pitch
in and do whatever was necessary for the broadcast. He did
whatever was needed with a smile and with grace. He was simply a
very nice young man and very professional.”
Ward was engaged to WDBJ morning producer Melissa Ott, who was
celebrating her last day at work today before starting a new job
in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Ward had plans to move with his fiancee and get out of news,
according to one of his co-workers, news anchor Jean Jadhon.
Parker started as an intern at the Virginia station, got a full-
time job at a station in North Carolina, and returned to WDBJ to
be a reporter. She grew up in Martinsville, Virginia, and
attended Patrick Henry Community College and James Madison
University in Harrisonburg.
She enjoyed whitewater kayaking, playing with her parents’ dog,
Jack, and attending community theater events, according to her
biography on her station’s website.
Her father, Andy Parker, released a statement Wednesday morning
on the behalf of his family, writing that they are "devastated."
"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," Andy Parker
wrote. "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."
"She's a rock star. She's professional, so much fun and so
kind,” McBroom said of Parker. "I lost my dad back in January
and she was one of the first people to come with condolences,
came to my home and brought food and comfort. That's just who
she was -- a good friend."
Jay Webb, the news director at another local Virginia television
station, WHSV, worked at WDBJ for seven years and was close to
"Both extremely good people, will be missed,” Webb said in an
interview with ABC News. “I think it’s been said this morning,
just two journalists that were just trying to do a good job.”
It was a sentiment that McBroom echoed from the anchor desk:
"They're family and we've lost two members of our family."