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Family Holds Funeral for Slain Virginia Photojournalist

By Staff



Alison Parker and Adam Ward

The funeral for 27-year-old slain photojournalist Adam Ward was held at First Baptist Church, Sept. 1, in Roanoke, Virginia, a few miles from the WDBJ-TV station at which he worked.

Ward, a cameraman for the TV news station, along with 24-year-old journalist Alison Parker, was shot to death Aug. 26, while doing a live report in a shopping district near Moneta, Virginia.

Parker had been interviewing Vicki Gardner at the time, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, who was also shot in the back, and has undergone surgery.

Reportedly, Ward’s family asked attendees to wear colors of Ward’s favorite teams, Virginia Tech and Salem High, his alma maters. Over 1,000 mourners attended the funeral.

Details regarding a funeral service for Parker have not yet been released.

An alleged former, disgruntled employee, Vester Flanagan, who used the on-air name Bryce Williams at the station, was reportedly responsible for the killings. Video footage of the shooting spread throughout social media afterward. Flanagan fatally shot himself, as police closed in on him following the crime.