Alison Parker and Adam Ward, WDBJ Journalists Killed on Live TV, ‘Were Special …

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Suspected WDBJ7 Shooter Blames Victim for Alleged Racism, Filed Previous Complaints.

Alison Parker was doing an interview at a shopping mall when she turned to find former workmate Vester Lee Flanagan – known professionally as Bryce Williams – pointing a gun at her.

Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were slain Wednesday doing what they love, gunned down by a disgruntled former reporter they once worked with at WDBJ-TV.The suspected shooter in the Wednesday morning killing of two Virginia journalists, which occurred live on CBS affiliate WDBJ7, was a former employee of the station and had a history of filing discrimination complaints, including one against the station.* A Twitter user claiming to be Bryce Williams, the on-air name for former WDBJ7 employee Vester Flanagan, posted a graphic first-person video of the shooting on Wednesday.

Flanagan later posted his own footage online, showing his steps as he approached his victims at 6.45am at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Franklin County, Virginia. Parker said in a promotional video for the station that the “most thrilling” thing she has ever done was take a trip to the Grand Canyon with her family and ride horseback down the canyon. The station’s general manager, Jeff Marks, confirmed on WDBJ that Flanagan had filed a complaint and said that the EEOC had found that it had no merit. Robert Denton, head of the communications department at Virginia Tech, said he handed Ward his diploma when he graduated from the Blacksburg school in 2011. Flanagan claimed at the time that he had been retaliated against: “They told me, ‘This is war,’ and there could be no compromise,” he told the newspaper.

Other details about Flanagan’s life were recently posted on his social media accounts, including photos apparently showing him in his youth with the message “Hell yeah I’ve been a high paid ‘companion’ ” and images apparently from earlier in his life labeled “modeling late teens” and “High school graduation.” The photos included images that he claimed were from his childhood, including a shot labeled “when I was in Kindergarten” and one with the caption “Me modeling for Macy’s at age 14 in 1988.” He also described his religious background. He added: “He was the kind of guy, if he was on his way home from work and heard about something breaking, he would turn around and go do it.” He said: “He was looking out for people to say something he could take offence to. But she also had a less-serious side: Her Facebook feed was punctuated with funny videos and photos of her smiling, ear-to-ear, often while on assignment with Ward. “My grief is unbearable,” he said. “Is this real?

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