After the shock and tragic shooting of Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, the reporter's boyfriend and the cameraman's fiancee open up
The heartbroken boyfriend of Alison Parker, 24, and the fiancee to cameraman Adam Ward, 27 – who watched her husband be shot live on air – have has talked about their tragic loss after their partners were both shot dead live on air.
WDBJ anchor Chris Hurst, 28, told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that he and Alison – who was a reporter for the station – had recently moved in together but her tragic killing had left him numb.
He revealed that they had begun dating on January 1 this year – and that he loved her ‘infinitely’.
Taking to his Twitter he added:
Melissa Ott, who was due to get married to cameraman Adam – and had her wedding dress delivered on the day he died – also paid tribute to her fiancee.
She wrote on Facebook: ‘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. But the enormous outpour of love and support from so many of you near and far is so much appreciated. 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. Enjoy the endless tech games in your heaven. I love you so much.’
Alison’s parents and brother also paid tribute to her, saying she was ‘our bright, shining light and it was cruelly extinguished by yet another crazy person with a gun’.
Speaking about the tragedy that struck yesterday Chris spoke of his routine with Alison and said: ‘Our schedule was, I anchor the six o’clock and 11 o’clock news, I would come home around midnight, wait for her to get up – she needed to be at work at 3.30 (am).
‘This morning she had to get up a little extra early to go to Smith Mountain Lake. I made her breakfast, I made her lunch – I sent her on her way.
‘I had a habit of always wanting her to text me when she got to work safely. She did so – and the last thing she said to me was ‘Good night, sweet boy.’
‘And the next thing I wake up to phone calls from the station a little after 7 o’clock, telling me there had been a shooting that had happened live on television and that I needed to come to the station.’
Chris also heartbreakingly showed the waiting reporters a photo album he and Alison had put together about their romance and said: ‘The best thing for me now is to share her story and our story – and that’s going to be the way I think I’m able to process this immediately.’