Trying to make sense of a senseless tragedy. Friends, family and co-workers of Alison Parker and Adam Ward are struggling to come to terms a day after the WDBJ journalists were shot to death on-air.
Parker and Ward were killed by Vester Lee Flanagan a former WDBJ reporter who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound hours after the shooting. Jeff Marks is the station’s general manager. He says Flanagan had a host of problems with his co-workers and was fired from the station two years ago due to poor job performance. And hinted that he would be back for revenge when he left the station for the last time.
“We made it mandatory that he seek help from our employee assistance program. Many companies have them. They provide, you know, counseling and other services that and we made it mandatory that he do that. By and large we get great employees here. One’s going to slip through the cracks every now and then. I’m very proud of our hiring record.'”
Flanagan’s family has released a statement, expressing condolences for the victims’ families, and asking for privacy, saying ‘words cannot express the hurt that we feel.’