Wedding dress came on day fiance died

Wedding dress came on day fiance died
Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were fatally shot at close range while conducting an on-air interview for WDBJ in Roanoke, about 240 miles (385 kilometers) southwest of Washington,DC.
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It was supposed to have been a day of celebration: Her wedding dress had just arrived and she was to start a new job and life with her soon-to-be husband.

But the day turned into a nightmare for Miss Melissa Ott, a producer at the Virginian CBS-affiliated TV station WDBJ.

The Daily Mail reported that just an hour into the station's morning show on Wednesday, Miss Ott watched in horror from the control room as her fiance, Mr Adam Ward, 27, a cameraman with the TV station, was gunned down during a live broadcast.

He and TV reporter Alison Parker, 24, were both shot dead on live TV.

"Today, my entire world was flipped upside down. Starting new adventures with my fiance, new jobs, a new city. Getting married, having a family, buying a home. Thats now taken. Im not ok. And I wont be for a long time," Miss Ott reportedly wrote on her Facebook page.

"Adam, I will never find a man so happy, selfless, protective, funny, or charming like you. You were the one. You understood me. My soulmate. I will always love you. Please watch over me and keep me strong."

More details have emerged about the alleged killer.

FIRED

The gunman, Vester Lee Flanagan, 41, also known as Bryce Williams, was a former WDBJ reporter. The African American was fired by WDBJ in 2013.

He was taken into custody by state police after an intense manhunt across the state yesterday morning, reported AFP, and he died in a hospital from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He reportedly shot himself as troopers closed in on him.

In a rambling manifesto sent to ABC News in New York on the day of the shooting, Flanagan said he was sent over the edge by the June mass shooting of black worshippers at a church in South Carolina.

Describing himself as a "human powder keg... just waiting to go BOOM!!!!," Flanagan also complained in what he called a "Suicide Note for Friends and Family" of racial discrimination and bullying "for being a gay, black man".

The killings also raised questions about how the Internet provided a brief but unfiltered window on a horrific crime.

A disturbing video of the deadly on-air shooting, apparently filmed by Flanagan, was posted on Twitter and Facebook. It showed the shooter brandishing a weapon at Miss Parker. It was later taken down, but not before it became a viral ghoulish hit online.

The shooting, which took place not far from the Virginia Tech University mass killing in April 2007, launched a fresh round of hand-wringing about gun control in America.

US President Barack Obama, who has talked openly about his frustration at not making headway in gun-control laws, said: "What we know is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism.


This article was first published on August 28 2015.
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