Memorial held for slain TV crew


A year since the senseless murders of former WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward, a memorial honoring their memory has been completed at the television station they worked at.

In a Facebook post, WDBJ unveiled the memorial at their Roanoke, Virginia, station, which features a curved stone sitting area and a ribbon sculpture in the center.

“We have completed a small memorial at WDBJ to honor the lives of Adam Ward and Alison Parker,” the station said in a post on the Facebook page. “As we come up on the one-year anniversary of their deaths, we hope to respect them by living the way they did — with kindness and laughter.”

On Friday morning, WDBJ urged everyone to “be kind and be bold” 

“Take a silly selfie for Alison today,” WDBJ wrote on Facebook. “Bring a co-worker a snack today for Adam. The little things you do in life do make a difference.”

One year ago, the lives of Parker and Ward were tragically cut short at the hands of a former employee who gunned them down on live television, killing them both and wounding a third person.

The shooter later took his own life.

Earlier this year during the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Emmy Awards, Parker won the Emmy Award for Best Live Reporter.

Parker, Ward, and WDBJ were also awarded the Ted Yates Award during the Chesapeake Bay Emmy Awards, which is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding professional and personal qualities in contribution to the National Capital Chesapeake Bay region’s television news and public affairs.

Parker’s alma mater James Madison University honored the memory of the beloved journalist earlier this year by dedicating the university’s newsroom to her and naming it after Parker. Additionally, a memorial scholarship has been established at the institution.

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