A TV reporter and her cameraman were filming a live segment for WDBJ news in Virginia when gunfire broke out. The reporter, Alison Parker, and her cameraman, Adam Ward, were both killed.
The shooter is a former employee at the station, his name is Vester Flanagan. When he worked at WDBJ he was known as Bryce Williams. Flanagan was fired by the station for unknown reasons.
The problem that caused the shooting was apparently that Mr. Flanagan thought Ms. Parker was a racist.
That description of the young reporter wasn’t echoed by those who knew her.
Chris Hurst, a reporter for the station, tweeted that he and Parker “were very much in love” and had just moved in together after dating nine months, “the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married. We just celebrated her 24th birthday.”
He continued, “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.”
Hurst described himself as “numb.”
Flanagan was stopped by police on I66 and reportedly shot himself. It’s not known at this time if he is dead.
I’d like to offer our condolences to all who knew Ms. Parker and especially her fiance, Chris Hurst. And I’d also like to thank Barack Obama for the last seven years of racial healing.
Will Loretta Lynch be sending the FBI and DOJ Civil Rights lawyers to Virginia to investigate the charge of “racism” by Mr. Flanigan? Nothing would surprise me.
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