As a nation recovers from the tragic events surrounding the WDBJ7 shooting this morning, family and friends of the victims took to social media to share touching tributes to Alison Parker and Adam Ward.
After it was confirmed Parker and Ward had indeed been killed in the attack, WDBJ7 sent out this short and powerful message about its employees.
We love you, Alison and Adam. pic.twitter.com/hLSzQi06XE — WDBJ7 (@WDBJ7) August 26, 2015
WDBJ7 anchor Chris Hurst, who had been dating Alison Parker for nine months, shared this heartbreaking photo series and a brief history of their life together that was cut horribly short.
We didn't share this publicly, but Alison Parker and I were very much in love. We just moved in together. I am numb. We... Posted by Chris Hurst Wdbj on Wednesday, August 26, 2015
He also sent a tweet thanking people for their support through this unimaginable time.
The support is overwhelming. Sorry if I haven't been able to respond personally. Alison's life will be shared today and forever — Chris Hurst (@chrishurstwdbj) August 26, 2015
James Madison University, Parker’s alma mater, posted the following note to its Facebook page.
Alison Parker, one of two WDBJ journalists killed today, was a 2012 graduate of JMU. Alison earned a bachelor's degree... Posted by James Madison University on Wednesday, August 26, 2015
NBC 4’s Katie Love, who says she worked in the same TV market as alleged shooter Vester Flanagan, sent a tweet about cameraman Adam Ward saying he was “one of the nicest people you could ever meet.”
REMEMBERING: WDBJ photographer Adam Ward was 1 of the nicest people you could ever meet. Always friendly & smiling. pic.twitter.com/BrkraZhsmq — Katie Love (@KLOVEREPORTER) August 26, 2015
Penn State's student news organization shared this tweet expressing sympathy to Adam Ward’s fiancée and fellow WDBJ7 worker Melissa Ott.
Our deep condolences to prev. @PSNnews member Melissa Ott whose fiancé and coworker was killed while on air for #WDBJ pic.twitter.com/catDmpq8IV — PSN News (@PSNnews) August 26, 2015
Ott was reportedly in the control studio when the shooting happened on air.
WDBJ photographer Adam Ward's fiancé Melissa Ott was in the control room -- she saw the shooting happen live. — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 26, 2015
Hopefully, the victims of the shooting will be remembered more for who they were and not just for the seconds of terror streamed on TV.