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.)