ROANOKE, Va. — In an act of resilience and remembrance, the journalists at WDBJ were back in the newsroom and on the air Thursday, a day after two of their colleagues were gunned down on live TV allegedly by a former employee.
The station’s morning anchors joined hands and marked moment of silence, exactly 24 hours after reporter Alison Parker, 24, and photographer Adam Ward, 27, were slain.
Parker and Ward were in the middle of a live interview for a feature story when a gunman approached. It was later revealed that the shooter was recording the deadly ambush.
He opened fire, fatally shooting the young journalists on live TV and injuring their interviewee.
The suspect, identified as former WDBJ reporter Bryce Williams whose given name was Vester Flanagan II, fled the scene and ultimately led police on a chase that ended in him crashing a rental car. He was found inside that car suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and later died.