The WDBJ-TV newsroom went on the air shortly after the fatal on-air shooting of a reporter and photographer during a live report on Wednesday morning and expressed their grief over the tragedy.
It was also confirmed that the victims, Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, were both romantically involved with co-workers. Parker was dating WDBJ-TV anchor Chris Hurst and Ward was engaged to a producer.
Hurst posted a series of heartbreaking posts on Twitter following the fatal shooting:
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— Chris Hurst (@chrishurstwdbj) August 26, 2015
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.— Chris Hurst (@chrishurstwdbj) August 26, 2015
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.— Chris Hurst (@chrishurstwdbj) August 26, 2015
Police were searching for the gunman who opened fire and killed both victims while they were conducting a live TV interview on Wednesday morning.
On the air, several shocked WDBJ-TV anchors reacted to the tragedy and remembered the victims:
“We realize, we cover stories of people being shot all the time, and so now we realize firsthand what so many of you have sadly gone through,” one of the anchors said as she fought back tears. “That when it’s someone you know; and someone you love and care about; and someone you work with day in and day out; and someone so young, it makes it so tough.”