The Virginia news station WDBJ7 was struck by tragedy yesterday when on-air reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward were shot and killed on camera during a live broadcast. Parker and Ward were gunned down by a former colleague, Bester Flanagan, who later died in the hospital from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
This morning WDBJ7’s morning anchors remembered 24-year-old Parker and 27-year-old Ward during an emotional on-air moment of silence that lasted one minute.
Fighting back tears and holding each other’s hands, anchors Kimberly McBroom and Steve Grant, as well as meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner, spoke about their fallen colleagues.
Through a shaking voice, McBroom said:
“As we approach this moment we want to pause and reflect and we want to share with you once again what made these two so special, not just to us but to all of the hometowns that WDBJ7 serves. Please join us now in a moment of silence.”
McBroom and Hirsbrunner each also shared their struggle returning to work as they prepared for their morning newscast on their respective Facebook pages.