Prayer vigils held for journalists killed in Virginia

Alison Parker and Adam Ward (WDBJ-TV, via AP)

ROANOKE (WSLS) – People in Roanoke and across the country are mourning the loss of journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward. Prayer vigils were held Wednesday night throughout Southwest Virginia, our sister station WSLS 10 reports.

The tragic shooting death of two WDBJ employees hit close to home for so many people who invited the two into their homes every morning on television.

“It really hit home for me for this to happen in our community,” said Dalton Lucas, who attended a prayer vigil at WBDJ. “You don’t expect something like this to happen.”

Mourners said they were devastated by the killing of 24-year-old Parker and 27-year-old Ward. Many said the morning show team brightened their day.

“She was always so happy and positive. It was a great way to wake up,” Lucas added.

Community supporters sing a hymn during a vigil for journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward who were killed during a shooting in Moneta, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (Autumn Parry/The News & Advance via AP)
Community supporters sing a hymn during a vigil for journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward who were killed during a shooting in Moneta, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. (Autumn Parry/The News & Advance via AP)

Police said the two were gunned down by a former station employee, Vester Flanagan, who later killed himself. As investigators look for a motive to the crime, the community prayed for understanding.

“Sometimes you just don’t know what to do. So you pray,” said Tom McCracken, pastor at Community Church in Salem.

A prayer vigil was also held Wednesday in Moneta for the third victim, Vicki Gardner. A member of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce, she underwent emergency surgery at Roanoke Carilion Memorial Hospital and is now listed in stable condition.

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