WDBJ7 anchor Chris Hurst has revealed that he had been dating reporter Alison Parker and the couple had moved in together just days before she was killed.
Parker, 24, along with cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were shot dead during a live TV broadcast at 6.45am this morning in Moneta, Virginia.
At the time of writing the gunman - reportedly a ‘former disgruntled employee’ at WDBJ7 - is still on the loose (we’re live blogging the attack here).
Hurst shared a host of photos of himself with Parker on Facebook, writing alongside them:
“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 were together almost nine months. It was the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married. We just celebrated her 24th birthday. She was the most radiant woman I ever met. And for some reason she loved me back. She loved her family, her parents and her brother. I am comforted by everyone at WDBJ7. We are a family. She worked with Adam every day. They were a team. I am heartbroken for his fiancee. She is our morning show producer. This is unconscionable. But I WILL share her story because it is one full of life, dreams, love and amazing journalism. She just finished working on an incredible special on child abuse and it was fantastic. We will get through this and there will be justice. Your thoughts and prayers mean the world to me.”
Update: Suspect Bryce Williams has tweeted videos of himself appearing to conduct the shooting. Following a police man hunt, he shot himself and later died in hospital.Reuse content