Virginia Shooting Moment of Silence

Video: Virginia's WDBJ Airs Moment of Silence for Slain Reporter, Cameraman

One day after WDBJ-7 reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed by a former employee of the Virginia CBS affiliate where they worked, the station aired a moment of silence to remember the pair.

“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 our hometowns that WDBJ-7 serves,” anchor Kimberly McBroom said, clasping hands with weatherman Leo Hirsbrunner and Steve Grant, an anchor from sister station KYTV in Springfield, Mo.

Ward, 27, and Parker, 24, were shot dead by Vester Lee Flanagan, aka Bryce Williams, during a live Wednesday morning news segment. The interview subject, Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce executive director Vicki Gardner, also was hit but survived.

Flanagan later shot himself during a police chase on Interstate 66 and subsequently died at the hospital.

After the brief memorial to their colleagues, McBroom acknowledged that “This hurts all of us so much,” but also vowed “We will heal from this.”

Press PLAY on the video below to watch the moment of silence. (If it doesn’t appear for you, go directly to the clip here.)

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  1. nellie says:

    My heart goes out to the families of these two (this is really horrible) but at the same time I have this strange sinking feeling that the claims of racist treatment against Vester by the shooter and other sources arent far off. Dont they just look like they were racists, the girl reminds me of Sarah Paulson’s character from 12 years of Slave. A man (unless there was a history of mental illness) just wakes up and kills two people. Two of his colleagues. Uggh, this is sad no matter what.

    • ELL says:

      I really hope they delete your comment. How does someone look like a racist? And what difference would it make. There is never a reason to gun people down the way he did.

      • Elf says:

        ELL, I hope they leave the original comment up as a reminder of just how ignorant some people can be and that these people live among us. This is a person who, unless he/she is trolling us, thinks that racists have a certain “look” that was expertly copied by a television show’s hair, makeup and wardrobe staff and embodied by an actress.

    • B says:

      How does anyone “look like a racist”?

      The follow up clearly shows that he has made these claims in the past, repeatedly, at other stations. The EEOC dismissed all claims made. He also said that he wanted to follow through on the Charleston shooter’s desire for a race war. That doesn’t sound to me like the victims are to blame.

    • Winter says:

      Seriously? I can’t even with that comment. They looked like racists? What do racists look like? Oh you mean white right? Yeah White blond people are always racist.

    • Susiec79 says:

      If you read some of what he wrote & faxed in to ABC says that the murderers from VT & Columbine were his heroes! He was fired from multiple stations for his behavior and has been planning this for a while, he just needed the opportunity! It has nothing to do with race, but a very sick and twisted individual that commited a terrible crime.

    • tvjunkie says:

      I hope you realize the hypocrisy of your comment nellie, because it makes you sound like the racist.

    • Danny says:

      Too bad you didn’t investigate and READ the accounts of what a deranged person this murderer was. Fired from numerous, previous jobs, not getting along with any of his past co-workers. They reported that he had been getting more and more deranged. What is sad, is your comments. You should be ashamed of yourself. If anyone has racist tendencies, I suggest you look into a mirror. Your comments are totally despicable.

  2. Thank you, TVLine, for sharing this. WDBJ7 is my hometown station, and our lives are intertwined with those that have lost their loved ones. This tragedy has shaken up our community. We sincerely appreciate the respect you’ve shown in your reporting. Both individuals killed were wonderful people, truly remarkable, and their loss is heartbreaking.